antiqui, of the old stamp, i.e. plain, honest men. ex sua natura, after their own nature. ceteros, subj. of esse understood, depending on fingerent, imagined. confirmaret, assured them. re inorata, without having stated their case: the primary meaning of oro implies not entreaty, but statement or argument (cf. orator). reverterunt: the active form of this verb is found only in the tenses of the perfect stem; otherwise it is deponent. isti, i.e. Chrysogonus and Capito. lentius, less energetically. (On account of the natural correlation of opposites, it is often convenient to translate adjectives and adverbs by the negative of their contraries.) nihil agere, i.e. refrain from action. deludere, [and thus] to make fools of the Amerians (by having rendered their whole embassy in effectual). id quod, etc., as we may easily infer this point is an inference not, like the rest, an attested fact. neque. and . . not, the negative qualifying posse: and judge that they can no longer, etc. In English the negative is placed near the verb; in Latin it is attracted by the connective, and so often stands at the beginning of the clause. domino incolumi (abl. abs.), so long as the owner was alive.
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Defence of Roscius. ( Pro Sex. Roscio Amerino ) B.C. 80.
Roscius had not only no motive to commit the crime, but no means of committing it. Erucius is challenged to tell how Roscius could himself have killed his father or could have procured his death through others.
The sale of the property of the elder Roscius was illegal and his proscription in every way irregular. For this act Chrysogonus is to be blamed, not Sulla for Sulla was necessarily so much occupied with affairs of state that details of this kind escaped his attention.
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