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an vero, or can it be true that, etc. In this use of an, the first question is omitted, and the second is often a reductio ad absurdum, as here. The full thought is, "Do you not agree with me, or can it really (vero) be?" etc. See ยง 335, b (211, b) ; B. 162, 4, a; G. 457, I ; H. 380, 3 (353, N.4) ; H.-B. 236.

agi, is their object (aliquid agere is to aim at something).

ut . . . tollantur, that . . . be got rid of in one way or another.

in vestro jurejurando, i.e. in the severity which your oath might seem to bind you to exercise.

periculo, the case (often used with reference to defendants).

ad quem . . . pertineat, i.e. on whom the suspicion rests.

sectorem . . . accusatorem, i.e. T. Roscius Magnus, at once purchaser, enemy, cut-throat, and accuser.


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    • A. A. Howard, Benj. L. D'Ooge, G. L. Kittredge, J. B. Greenough, Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar, 335
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