Letter LXIV: ad familiares 9.17Rome, Aug. or Sept., 46 B.C.
Balbus: see Ep. XXI. 2 fl. For the visit, cf. Fam. 9.19. de agris: there was a possibility that land in Campania would be assigned to Caesar's veterans, and, if this were done, the estates of Paetus would go with the rest. immo vero: commonly used to make an emphatic correction; cf., e.g., Ter. Phorm. 936; And. 854. In combination with si, immo vero and immo are very common in colloquial Latin; cf., e.g., Ter. Eun. 355; Cic. Fam. 8.8.2; 8.9.1. de nobis: in contrast to de municipiis, above. primum vivimus: i.e. the mere chance to live was an unexpected boon. de lucro: a mercantile expression; cf. Liv. 40.8; Ter. Phorm. 251 quicquid praeter spem eveniet, omne id deputabo esse in lucro. For a similar use of de, cf. Cic. Verr. 2.3.105 de publico convivari.
ille: i.e. Caesar. quid habet, he doesn't know what to do.
cessator: cf. Intr. 75. de isto periculo: cf. de istis municipiis, 1.