He is protecting the interests of his buffoons and gamesters and pimps. He is
protecting Capho's and Saxa's interests too, pugnacious and muscular centurions,
whom he placed among his troops of male and female buffoons. Besides all this,
he demands “that the decrees of himself and his colleague concerning
Caesar's writings and memoranda are to stand.” Why is he so anxious
that every one should have what he has bought, if he who sold it all has the
price which he received for it? “And that his accounts of the money in
the temple of Ops are not to be meddled with.” That is to say, that
those seven hundred millions of sesterces are not to be recovered from him.
“That the septemviri are to be exempt from blame or from prosecution
for what they have done.” It was Nucula, I imagine, who put him in
mind of that; he was afraid, perhaps, of losing so many clients. He also wishes
to make stipulations in favor of “those men who are with him who may
have done any thing against the laws.
“He is here taking care of Mustela and Tiro; he is not anxious about
himself. For what has he done? has he ever touched the public money, or murdered
a man, or had armed men about him? But what reason has he for taking so much
trouble about them? For he demands, “that his own judiciary law be not
abrogated.” And if he obtains that, what is there that he can fear?
can he be afraid that any one of his friends may be convicted by Cydas, or
Lysiades, or Curius? However, he does not press us with many more demands.
“I give up,” says he, “Gallia
; I demand Gallia
evidently wishes to be quite at his ease,—“with six legions,
and those made up to their full complement out of the army of Decimus
Brutus;”—not only out of the troops whom he has enlisted
himself; “and he is to keep possession of it as long as Marcus Brutus
and Caius Cassius, as consuls, or as proconsuls, keep possession of their
provinces.” In the comitia held by him, his brother Caius (for it is
his year) has already been repulsed.
“And I myself,” says he, “am to retain possession
of my province five years.” But that is expressly forbidden by the law
of Caesar, and you defend the acts of Caesar.