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quid. . . videtur: cf. § 118 init.

infesta, endangered. Gellius, N.A. 9. 12.2, Infestus et is appellatur, qui malum infert cuipiam, et contra, cui aliunde impendet malum. (Richter.)

ut optet, choose : cf. the subst. aptio.

cervices dare: cf. pro Mil. § 31, optabilius Miloni fuit dare iugulum P. Clodio. T. Roscio, sc. Magno, who was present who had already made his reputation as a sicarius (§17); unless Roscius should be read, as the praenomen is wanting in the MSS.

insutus in culleum, Introd. § 10.

desunt. Cicero had already (§ 5) said that he is patronus causae, counsel for the defence ; but he could rhetorically disclaim the title, as not being able to protect the accused by personal weight and influence; or, as Halm says, though Cicero was patronus causae, he will not reckon himself among the patroni rei (of the accused), because he was not in a position to defend him by personal weight. It is implied in the exaggerated statement desunt that many friends of the accused had not ventured to appear with him in court: cf. § 148.

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