Letter XIV: ad Atticum 3.22Thessalonica, with a postsCript from Dyrrachium, Nov.25, 58 B.C.
Piso: cf. Ep. XIII. 2 fl. consuesti: cf. Intr. 82. Plancius: quaestor of Macedonia and Cicero's host at Thessalonica. In return for his kindness Cicero defended him in 54 B.C. , in the Or. pro Plancio. Cf. also Fam. 14.1.3. milites, etc.: the province of Macedonia had been assigned to the consul L. Calpurnius Piso for 57 B.C. , and Cicero feared the coming of his soldiers.
Lentulus: elected to the consulship for 57 B.C. Cicero based great hopes upon this man's friendship for him and influence with Pompey. de Metello: Q. Caecilius Metellus Nepos was to be the colleague of Lentulus. He had, as tribune, prevented Cicero, at the close of his Consulship (Fam. 5.2.7), from making the customary speech to the people. Atticus had subsequently brought about a reconciliation. Cf. also Ep. XII.1n.
mi Pomponi: cf. Ep. X. n. scribe ad me omnia: a request to be found in almost every letter of this period. Cicero puts more Confidence in the letters of Atticus than in those of his brother Quintus; cf. Att. 3.18.2 Q. frater, homo mirus, qui me tam valde amat, omnia mittit spei plena, metuens, credo, dcfectionem animi mei; tuae autem lillerae sunt variae, neque enim me desperare vis nec temere sperare.
cuicuimodi: a very rare genitive form for cuiuscuiusmodi. Cf. also Fam. 4.7.4, pro Sext. Rosc. 95, and Verr. 2.5.107. It is perhaps found in Plaut.Bacch. 400. See Krebs, Antibarbarus, Neue, Formenlehre, 11.2 246; and Wilkins, Cic. de Or. 3.94. Dyrrachi: cf. Thessalonicae, Ep. XII.3n.