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XLIII. nomen aureum Clirysogoni, periphrasis for ad Chrysogonum. In aureum there is an allusion not only to the name (gold-born), but also to the wealth amassed by Chrysogonus through the proscriptions.

sub quo nomine =sub cuius nomine, as in Verr. 2.5.177, quam (legem) non is promulgavit, quo nomine proscriptam videtis ; so eo nomine freq. = eius rei nomine : see § 93, in eo numero, note.

latuit : see § 21, manceps fit Chrysogonus.

nihil attinet ; i.e. which I care nothing for.

In communem causam sectorum ; i.e. I have no wish to attack the sectores as a body.


qua ratione on what principle : cf. §96.

si . . . audientur, etc. The meaning seems to be this: Cicero is discussing the purchase merely as illegal because the late owner had not been proscribed, not as unjust because he was an inoffensive man ; and he says, If complaints of this latter kind (viz. hominis innocentis bona veniisse) shall ever (in happier times) be freely discussed and listened to, there will be more distinguished men than Sex. Roscius to complain about.

sIve Valeria est sive Cornelia : see Introd. note 21.

non enim novi nec scio. For I am not acquainted with it, and so do not know which it is is Stock's translation.


In adversariorum praesidiis = within the enemy's lines, outposts: see pro Lig. 27, Halm's note, and cf. pro Caec. 83, in meis castris praesidusque versaris.

si lege, sc. occisus est.

veteres leges, by which it was forbidden to kill a homo liber wilfully and with hostile intent, dolo malo (see pro Mu. § 10 sqq.), but permitted to kill a homo sacer, a perduellis, and one who lay under aquae et ignis interdictio. There is no allusion to the leges Porcias and Sempronias, which forbade the slaying of a citizen iniussu populi.

quo modo, in what way, i.e. as the property of a proscribed person, or as that of an enemy, or on what other principle : qua lege, by what law, since those just mentioned do not authorize it.


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