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aliquando, at last, implying impatience, here assumed as a kind of apology to his hearers for the length of his account.

Marcello: M. Claudius Marcellus, of a noble plebeian family (all the other families of the Claudian gens were patrician), was the ablest general the Romans had in the early years of the Second Punic War, but illiterate and cruel. His capture of Syracuse was in B.C. 212. He was killed in battle B.C. 208.

The contrast between Verres and Marcellus is a brilliant one; nevertheless, the orator exaggerates, as on so many occasions. "Not only did Marcellus stain his military honor by permitting a general pillage of the wealthy mercantile city, in the course of which Archimedes and many other citizens were put to death, but the Roman Senate lent a deaf ear to the complaints which the Syracusans afterwards presented regarding that celebrated general, and neither returned to individuals their property nor restored to the city its freedom" (Mommsen).

imperatoris: this title, properly belonging to every holder of the imperium, was by usage assumed by the commander only after his first considerable victory.

cohortem, train of courtiers, etc.: the provincial magistrates, representing the Roman imperium, had almost a royal suite, as well as other insignia of royalty.

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