nam:introducing Cicero's account of the significant incident referred to above in the words pertenui argumento (l.24). reducebatur:the successful candidate was escorted home by his friends after the election. Campo: see note on p. 104, l. 7. Curio: C. Scribonius Curio, one of the leaders of the aristocratic party, was always a good friend of Cicero's. Curio, like Horten sius and Metellus, was a man of excellent reputation. His support of Verres was due to political and social ties. honoris causa: see note on Rosc. Am., p. 3, l. 28. The words in brackets are probably not genuine. tamen,i.e. in spite of Curio's open way of speaking. ratio, consideration.
videt, etc.: observe the hist. pres., marking a change to lively narrative. fornicem Fabianum,the Fabian Arch, erected B.C. 109 by Q. Fabius Maximus Allobrogicus,—one of the earliest triumphal arches in Rome. It stood at the southern end of the Forum, and served as an entrance to it. Fig. 3 (Arch of Gallienus) shows the situation of such structures with respect to streets. defertursignifies a formal announcement by some one person; narrabatmeans told, casually, as a piece of news. The use of tenses in viderat . . . narrabatis like that in the general condition in past time: § 518, b (309, c); cf. B. 302, 3; G. 594, N.I; cf. H.-B 579. criminum ratione,the nature of the charges. positam,resting on. altius, deeper.
ratiocinabantur,reasoned (the imperf. describing a state of mind, and one existing in different persons). ipse, etc.: cf. sect. 17, ll. 17-19. quod, the fact that. negotiatores,Roman citizens doing business in Sicily. omnes . . . litterae,all kinds of, etc. publicae,official, from cities of Sicily (as auctoritates,above). existimationem,opinion, i.e. their estimate of the character of Verres. unius,i.e. Hortensius. moderatione,control. vertentur, are to turn on.
sect. 25. Metellus is chosen (by lot) to preside over the Court of Extortion for the next year. Joy of Verres. His attempts to defeat by bribery Cicero's election to the aedileship revealed to Cicero. Cicero made anxious, but finally elected.