loco, point (raised in his argument). contemnimur: Cicero uses the first person to include himself as a member of the Senate.
tribuniciam potestatem: referring chiefly to the power of the tribunes to try criminal cases before the comitia tributa; this power, greatly abridged by Sulla, had been restored by a law of Pompey early in this year, B.C. 70. verbo, in name. re vera, in fact. illam,the tribunician power (because this was a check on the power of the Senators). Catulum: Q. Lutatius Catulus was the best and most eminent man of the aristocracy. fugit, has escaped. referente,consulting [the Senate]: the technical expression for bringing a matter before the Senate for action. rogatus: each Senator in turn was asked his opinion (sententiam)by the consul or other presiding officer; cf. hos sententiam rogo,Cat. 1, sect. 9. patres conscriptos: see note on Cat. 1, sect. 9, p. 103, l. 6. fuisse desideraturos (the regular way of expressing the contrary to fact apodosis in indir. disc.), would have missed: § 589, b, 2 (337, b, 2); 321, A, 2; G. 656, N.2; H. 647 (527, iii); H.-B. 581, b, 1.
contionem habuit,made a speech: contio means, strictly, an assembly called for the purpose of listening to discussion merely (so in l.12, below). ad urbem,i.e. in the Campus Martius, not in the city. Pompey was elected in his absence, and while still clothed with the military imperium: he could not therefore enter the city to meet the citizens, but called them to him outside the walls. ubi, in which. in eo, at that point (properly on that point). suam by its emphatic position gives the force of the English what THEY desired.