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Letter XXVIII: ad familiares 7.15

Rome, June, 53 B.C.


quam sint morosi qui amant: Böckel considers this a quotation from some poet, and compares for the sentiment Plaut. Trin. 668:Itast amor, ballista ut iacitur, nil sic celerest neque volat: Atque is mores hominum moros et morosos efficit”.


C. Mati: cf. Ep. XCI., introd. note, and XCII.

suavissimi: Ep. XCII. affords excellent proof of the correctness of this characterization.

doctissimi: Matius not only wrote a book upon gastronomy, but Cicero found the impulse to some of his best philosophical work in the lively sympathy of Matius. Cf. φιλοσοφούμενα, Ep. XCI.5n.

familiaritatem: the friendship formed between Matius and Trebatius in Gaul continued unshaken through all the vicissitudes of the Civil War. Cf. Ep. XCI. I, Att. 9.15A .

mihi crede: cf. Ep. XXVII.1n.


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