hic, this man (with a gesture), i.e. here at my side (my client) ; iste, that man, i.e. there on the accusers' bench (Magnus). -26 cum . . . esset: parenthetical (repeating, in greater detail, the clause that precedes). Observe that Cicero remarks (as it were, casually) that in thus devoting himself to a rural life, the younger Roscius was obeying his father's wishes. This prepares the way for his subsequent assertion (sect. 23) that there was no ill-will between father and son, — an important matter in the question of motive. It also anticipates the answer given in sect. 22 to the argument that the defendant was a rude, boorish fellow, of gloomy and sullen disposition, and therefore likely to have committed murder. The effectiveness of a forensic discourse depends in great part on the skill with which the mind of the hearer is prepared, by such apparently insignificant remarks, for a definite assertion or argument that is to follow. iste: T. Roscius Magnus ; the repetition of the words frequens, etc., emphasizes the suggestion that he was likeliest to be the murderer. Palacinas: the reading is uncertain, and the place unknown. hunc, i.e. my client. judicatote: § 449 (269, d) ; B. 281, 1, a ; G. 268, 2 ; H.560, 4 (487, 2); H.-B. 496. The second or longer form of the imperative is regular where the action is not to be performed immediately, especially when a future appears in protasis: § 516, d (307, d); B. 302,4; G. 595; H.580 (508,4); cf. H.-B. 582, 1.
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Defence of Roscius. ( Pro Sex. Roscio Amerino ) B.C. 80.
Roscius had not only no motive to commit the crime, but no means of committing it. Erucius is challenged to tell how Roscius could himself have killed his father or could have procured his death through others.
The sale of the property of the elder Roscius was illegal and his proscription in every way irregular. For this act Chrysogonus is to be blamed, not Sulla for Sulla was necessarily so much occupied with affairs of state that details of this kind escaped his attention.
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