Letter LXXXIV: ad familiares 13.50Rome, about Jan. 1, 44 B.C. Acilius, to whom Fam. 13.30-39 also were addressed, had been twice successfully defended by Cicero (Fam. 7.30.3). He had just been sent out to Achaia to succeed Servius Sulpicius Rufus (cf. Fam. 7.29.1; 7.30.3). For M'. Curius, in whose behalf the letter was written, see Ep. XXXIX. 2. Cicero felt a debt of gratitude to him, because of the hospitality which he had shown him at Patrae, after the battle of Pharsalus (cf. Fam. 13.17.1). The letter was written in response to a request from Curius (cf. Fam. 7.29.1, 7.30.3).
Brundisi: from Oct., 48 B.C. , to Sept., 47; cf. Intr. 32 f. familiaris: cf. Fam. 13.17.1.
sartum et tectum: an adaptation of the technical phrase sarta et tecta, used by the censors of buildings placed in the hands of contractors to be “put into perfect repair,” so as to be secure against the assaults of wind and weather. Cf. Blix on Plaut. Trin. 317, and Otto, Sprichwörter, 309.