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Letter LXXVI: ad familiares 4.6

From the villa of Atticus, at Ficulea, Apr., 45 B.C. Cicero's reply to Ep. LXXV.

ego vero: cf. Ep. XXX.1n.

adfuisses : without hic; cf. Ep. LXXV.1n.

Servius tuus: the son of Sulpicius.

iucundiora, more productive of pleasure.

gratiora, more worthy of gratitude; cf. Att. 3.24.2 ista veritas, etiam si iucunda non est, mihi tamen grata est.

societas: cf. Servius's expression of personal sorrow in Ep. LXXV.1.

mihi exempla propono: cf. fac, etc., Ep. LXXV.4n.

Q. Maximus: Q. Fabius Maximus, who won the epithet of Cunctator in the war with Hannibal.

magnis rebus gestis: parallel with clarum.

L. Paullus : L. Aemilius Paullus, the conqueror of Perseus in 168 B.C.

vester Gaius: C. Sulpicius Gaius conquered the Ligurians in 166 B.C. He belonged to the Sulpician gens, hence vester.

M. Cato: M. Porcius Cato, the censor. On these instances, cf. Tusc. Disp. 3.70 quid, qui non putant lugendum viris? qualis fuit Q. Maximus efferens filium consularem, qualis L. Paullus duobus paucis diebus amissis filius, qualis M. Cato praetore designato mortuo filio, quales reliqui, quos in Consolatione collegimus. Quid hos aliud placavit nisi quod luctum et maerorem esse non putabant viri?

quae ipse commemoras: cf. Ep. LXXV. 5.

unum illud solacium: i.e. the companionship and sympathy of Tullia.

amicorum negotiis: as an advocate; cf. sublatis iudiciis, Ep. LXII.1n.

curiam: the ascendancy of Caesar had taken away the dignity and influence of the senate. Cf. Ep. LXVII. 4.

consanuisse: found only here in Cicero.

sperabam : an epistolary tense; cf. Intr. 84c.

ante : before Caesar's return from Spain, which took place in Sept., 45 B.C.

unius: i.e. Caesaris.

amicissimi: Caesar had shown his friendship for Servius by making him governor of Achaia.

vale: cf. Intr. 62.

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