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quamquam: corrective, implying that the preceding supposition is unfounded, for Pompey is not really an enemy to Milo; if he had been, he would have executed him summarily and not have allowed him a trial. His action, Cicero argues, virtually acquits the defendant.

juris publici, etc., law, customs, politics.

ne quid, etc.: see note, Cat. 1, sect. 2 (p. 100, l. 12).

hunc repeats Pompeium with emphasis after the long parenthesis; ejus qui, of one who (on that supposition), i.e. Milo.

dilectu: Pompey held the consulship in B.C. 55, but after its expiration did not go into his province of Spain, but despatched thither his army under the command of legati, while he himself remained in Italy with proconsular power. Immediately after the death of Clodius the Senate gave the interrex (see note, p. 176, l. 18), the tribunes, and the proconsul (Pompey) the extraordinary power ne quid, etc., and authorized Pompey to hold a levy of troops.

exspectaturum fuisse, would have, etc.: ยง 589, b, 2 (337, b, 2); B. 322; G. 659; H. 647(527, iii); H.-B. 581, b, I. The whole passage is a cont. to fact apod. in indir. disc.; the protasis (implied in the context) is the false supposition that Pompey thought Milo dangerous to the state and to himself.

ista, i.e. the imputations referred to in sects. 65, 66.

qui, i.e. Pompey.

legem, the law for the present investigation.

s oporteret, ought, as I think; liceret, may well (legally), as all allow.


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