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1 XXI. What support or encouragement they had, and in what quarters] “Quid ubique opis aut spei haberent;” i.e. “quid opis aut spei, et ubi, haberent.” So c. 27, init. Quem ubique opportunum credebat, i.e., says Cortius, "quem, et ubi illum, opportunum credebat."
2 Abolition of their debts] “Tabulas novas.” Debts were registered on tablets; and, when the debts were paid, the score was effaced, and the tablets were ready to be used as new. See Ernesti's Clav. in Cic. sub voce.
3 Proscription of the wealthy citizens] “Proscriptionem locupletium.” The practice of proscription was commenced by Sylla, who posted up, in public places of the city, the names of those whom he doomed to death, offering rewards to such as should bring him their heads. Their money and estates he divided among his adherents, and Catiline excited his adherents with hopes of similar plunder.
4 Another of his ruling passion] “Admonebat--alium cupiditatis secæ.” Rose renders this passage, " Some he put in mind of their poverty, others of their amours." De Brosses renders it, "Il remontre à l'un sa pauvreté, à l'autre son ambition." Ruling passion, however, seems to be the proper sense of cupiditatis; as it is said, in c. 14, " As the passions of each, according to his years, appeared excited, he furnished mistresses to some, bought horses and dogs for others," etc.
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