But I should not compare this leisure of mine
with that of Africanus, nor this solitude with his.
For he, to find leisure from his splendid services
to his country, used to take a vacation now and then
and to retreat from the assemblies and the throngs
of men into solitude, as into a haven of rest. But
my leisure is forced upon me by want of public1
business, not prompted by any desire for repose.
For now that the senate has been abolished and the
courts have been closed, what is there, in keeping with
my self-respect, that I can do either in the senatechamber or in the forum?