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Quid ergo? introduces a question which the speaker only suggests in order to negative it at once : cf. § 122, quid igitur? and see § 36, first note.

praeter ceteros: see § 145, note.

quia: quod would better answer the question quae rea impulit? Before quia supply causam recepi.

amplitudo, the especial attribute of the ordo senatorius; cf. de Dome sua, § 55, ordo amplissimus.

si verbum de re publica fecisset, if he had in a single word touched on politics.

fieri necesse est. In narrating the sale of the property of Sex. Roscius, allusion must be made to the proscriptions and Sulla's regime.

multo plura, etc.; i.e. a mere hint, from a prominent man, of his political opinions, would be caught up and exaggerated by the audience.

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