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eo quo sint, on the ground that, of a reason which is not the true one: cf. pro Quinct. 5, non eo dico, C. Aquili, quo mihi veniat in dubium tua fides.

summi viri refers to their position in the State; clarissimi homines, to their moral excellence (in that non alienos agros cupide adpetebant): this is shown by the collocation of the substantives. With clarissimus, vir is usually found, not homo. Similarly pro Rosc. Com. 42, quem tu si ex censu spectas, eques Romanus est, si ex vita, homo clarissimus est.

debebant, were called upon.

ei homini, a man.

Se fateatur esse rusticum, in contrast with those who ad gubernacula rei p. sedere debebant.

assiduus: see ยง 16, note on frequens.

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