8. licuit, i.e. by the consuls (see last note). verbis notari: spurious, and to be disregarded in translation.
It is no longer possible to refuse to declare Antony an enemy: this is implied in the honors proposed for the generals.
sustulerunt, i.e. refused to put that question. imprudens, without knowing it.
This and the following section give examples to prove Cicero's assertion that a supplicatio had never been decreed for victory in a civil war, that is, for victory over persons who were not hostes. bellum Octavianum: see Cat. 3, sect. 24 (p. 137, l. 26) and note. Servili: see note on p. 244, l. 9. conlega, i.e. Julius Caesar. de Alexandria: for a victory over the Egyptians; de Pharnace, son of Mithridates, King of Pontus (both victories, B.C. 47).
ob conservationem: see Cat. 3, sect. 15. Gabinium: he had claimed a supplicatio, which the Senate steadily refused, for some successes against Arab marauders in Syria.