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[59] "I come now to your dream. I heard it, of course, from you, but more frequently from our Sallustius.1 In the course of your banishment, which was glorious for us but disastrous to the State, you stopped for the night at a certain country-house in the plain of Atina. After lying awake most of the night, finally, about daybreak, you fell into a very profound sleep. And though your journey was pressing, yet Sallustius gave instructions to maintain quiet and would not permit you to be disturbed. But you awoke about the second hour and related your dream to him. In it you seemed to be wandering sadly about in solitary places when Gaius Marius, with his fasces wreathed in laurel,2 asked you why you were sad, and you replied that you had been driven from your country by violence. He then bade you be of good cheer, took you by the right hand, and delivered you to the nearest lictor to be conducted to his memorial temple,3 saying that there you should find safety. Sallustius thereupon, as he [p. 291] relates, cried out, 'a speedy and a glorious return awaits you.' He further states that you too seemed delighted at the dream. Immediately thereafter it was reported to me that as soon as you heard that it was in Marius' temple that the glorious decree of the Senate for your recall had been enacted on motion of the consul, a most worthy and most eminent man,4 and that the decree had been greeted by unprecedented shouts of approval in a densely crowded theatre, you said that no stronger proof could be given of a divinely inspired dream than this.

1 M. Cicero's freedman who followed him into banishnent.

2 i.e. as a token of victory.

3 This was the temple erected by Marius to Jupiter to commemorate his victory over the Cimbri, 101 B.C. The Senate sat in this temple when the act for Cicero's recall was passed.

4 i.e. Publius Lentulus; cf. Cic. In Pison. ch. 15; Pro Sest 55, 63, 69; Ad fam. i. 9; Red. in senat. 4. 9.

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