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[2] and ordered Marcius and Cethegus1 to take their swords and go early in the morning to the house of Cicero on pretence of paying him their respects, and there to fall upon him and dispatch him. This scheme Fulvia, a woman of high rank, made known to Cicero, coming to him by night and urging him to be on his guard against Cethegus and his companion. The men came at break of day, and when they were prevented from entering, they were incensed and made an outcry at the door, which made them the more suspected.

1 From Cicero's oration pro Sulla (6, 18) and Sallust's Catiline (28) it appears that the names of these would-be murders were Caius Cornelius and Lucius Vargunteius.

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