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denuntiatum esse,that a message was sent. This compound implies a peremptory and threatening message.

primum corresponds to arcessit alter, etc., p. 38, l. 4, below.

ut venirent: subj. of purpose, since denuntiatum est expresses a command; ยง 580, a (332, h); cf. B. 295, 1; G. 546, N.I; H. 564 (540, iii); H.-B. 502, 3, a.

sane liberos,pretty independent, i.e. in refusing to come. If he had been consul, instead of merely consul elect, they would have had to come.

venisse: the subj. acc. is eos, the implied antecedent of qui.

ceterorum,i.e. those for consuls and praetors, which had lately been held.

cursare (historical infinitive), ran hither and thither.

paternos amicos:see p. 36, l. 26.

appellare . . . et convenire,accosted and conferred with.

cuius: the antecedent is eiusdem (l.19).

de fide, i.e. his good faith to the Sicilians: probably a hint that Cicero himself had been approached with a bribe.

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