have said, that you retired in my favour from the contest for the
augurship. Oh the incredible audacity! oh the monstrous impudence of such an
assertion! For, at the time when Cnaeus Pompeius and Quintus Hortensius named me
as augur, after I had been wished for as such by the whole college, (for it was
not lawful for me to be put in nomination by more than two members of the
college,) you were notoriously insolvent, nor did you think it possible for your
safety to be secured by any other means than by the destruction of the republic.
But was it possible for you to stand for the augurship at a time when Curio was
not in Italy
? or even at the time when
you were elected, could you have got the votes of one single tribe without the
aid of Curio? whose intimate friends even were convicted of violence for having
been too zealous in your favour.