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[2] Most of the better class of citizens were aware of this, and therefore put forward Cicero for the consulship, and as the people readily accepted him, Catiline was defeated, and Cicero and Caius Antonius were elected.1 And yet Cicero was the only one of the candidates who was the son, not of a senator, but of a knight.

1 For the year 63 B.C.

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