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[4] When he heard this, Marius was rendered speechless by grief and indignation, and for a long time kept quiet, looking sternly at the official. Then, when asked by him what he had to say, and what answer he would make to the governor, he answered with a deep groan: ‘Tell him, then, that thou hast seen Caius Marius a fugitive, seated amid the ruins of Carthage.’ And it was not inaptly that he compared the fate of that city with his own reversal of fortune.

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