CHAP. 43. (42.)—REMARKABLE EXAMPLE OF VICISSITUDES.
As to examples of the vicissitudes of Fortune, they are
innumerable. For what great pleasures has she ever given
us, which have not taken their rise in misfortunes? And what
extraordinary misfortunes have not taken their first rise in
great pleasures? (43.) It was fortune that preserved the
Senator, M. Fidustius,1
who had been proscribed by Sylla,
for a period of thirty-six years. And yet he was proscribed a
second time; for he survived Sylla, even to the days of Antony, and, as it appears, was proscribed by him, for no other
reason but because he had been proscribed before.