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[2] Accordingly, the opponents of Cato were alarmed and had recourse to violence. To begin with, upon Bibulus himself, as he was going down into the forum, a basket of ordure was scattered; then the crowd fell upon his lictors and broke their fasces; and finally missiles flew and many persons were wounded.1 All the other senators fled from the forum at a run, but Cato went off last of all at a walk, turning about and protesting to the citizens.

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