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ut . . . deferrent: ut epexegetic, namely that they should, etc.; as in §§ 77, 128, 136. Cf. Madvig, § 417, Obs. 2 ad fin.

ad eam rem, for that purpose de ea re, as Mr. Stock shows =about a matter, in qua re in which . . .; omit the second re in English. See § 5, first note.

veterem, trained (cf. § 17, vetus gladiator; § 39, vetus sicarius); i.e. who had often acted as accuser, had had enough practice, and would not scruple as to the evidence he employed.

crimine. by an accusation, i.e. since they had no (real) charge to bring against him.

tempore ipso pugnarent, to use the very circumstances as their weapons: cf. Introd. § 6.

ita loqui homines, the fellows talked thus; the next seven lines tell us how they talked. homines are Magnus, Capito, and Chrysogonus: loqui is historic infin. I follow Prof. Clark in thus interpreting.

patronos: see § 30 sub fin. societate: see § 20 sub fin.

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