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1 XL. Certain deputies of the Allobroges] “Legatos Allobrogum.” Plutarch, in his Life of Cicero, says that there were then at Rome two deputies from this Gallic nation, sent to complain of oppression on the part of the Roman governors.
2 As Brutus was then absent from Rome] “Nam tum Brutus ab Româ aberat.” From this remark, say Zanchius and Omnibonus, it is evident that Brutus was not privy to the conspiracy. “"What sort of woman Sempronia was, has been told in c. 25. Some have thought that she was the wife of Decimus Brutus; but since Sallust speaks of her as being in the decay of her beauty at the time of the conspiracy, and since Brutus, as may be seen in Cæsar (B. G. vii., sub fin.), was then very young, it is probable that she had only an illicit connection with him, but had gained such an ascendency over his affections, by her arts of seduction, as to induce him to make her his mistress, and to allow her to reside in his house."” Beauzée. I have, however, followed those who think that Brutus was the husband of Sempronia. Sallust (c. 24), speaking of the woman, of whom Sempronia was one, says that Catiline credebat posse--viros earum vel adjungere sibi, vel interficere. The truth, on such a point, is of little importance.
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