And when a certain Marcius, who had recently come from Italy, spoke of a report which prevailed in Rome that Pompey was besieged,
‘And then,’ said Cicero,
‘did you sail off that you might see with your own eyes and believe?’ Again, after the defeat, when Nonnius said they ought to have good hopes, since seven eagles were left in the camp of Pompey,
‘Your advice would be good,’ said Cicero,
‘if we were at war with jackdaws.’
Plutarch. Plutarch's Lives. with an English Translation by. Bernadotte Perrin. Cambridge, MA. Harvard University Press. London. William Heinemann Ltd. 1919. 7.
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