The day of trial now approached, and it was evident that persons in general considered that their liberty depended on the condemnation of Caeso: then, at length being forced to it, he addressed the commons individually, though with a strong feeling of indignation; his relatives followed him, the principal members of the state.
Titus Quintius Capitolinus, who had been thrice consul, after he recounted many splendid
achievements of his own, and of his family, stated, that neither in the Quintian family, nor in the Roman state, had there appeared such promising genius of such early valour. That he had first been his soldier, that he had often in his sight fought against the enemy."
Spurius Furius declared, that he having been sent to him by Quintius Capitolinus, had come to his aid when in the midst of danger; that there was no individual by whose exertions he considered the common weal more effectually re-established."
Lucius Lucretius, the consul of the preceding year, in the full splendour of recent glory, shares his own services with Caeso; he recounted his battles, detailed his distinguished exploits, both on expeditions and in the field;
he advised and recommended that they would prefer this extraordinary young man, endowed with all the advantages of nature and of rank, and (one who would prove) of the utmost importance to the interest of that state into which he should come, to be [p. 174]
their fellow-citizen, rather than the citizen of a foreign state.
That with respect to that which may be offensive in him, heat and vehemence, time would diminish daily; that the prudence, which may be wanting in him, was increasing daily; that as his faults were declining and his virtues ripening to maturity, they should allow so distinguished a man to become old in their state."
Among these his father, Lucius Quintius, who bore the surname of Cincinnatus, without dwelling on his merits, lest he should heighten public hatred, but soliciting pardon for his errors and his youth, implored of them to forgive his son for his sake, who had not given offence to any one by either word or deed.
But some, through respect or fear, turned away from listening to his entreaties; others complaining that themselves and their friends had been ill-treated, by the harshness of their answer declared their sentence beforehand.