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Yet the Allobroges were long in suspense what course they should adopt. On the one hand, there was debt, an inclination for war, and great advantages to be expected from victory ;1 on the other, superior resources, safe plans, and certain rewards2 instead of uncertain expectations. As they were balancing these considerations, the good fortune of the state at length prevailed. They accordingly disclosed the whole affair, just as they had learned it, to Quintus Fabius Sanga,3 to whose patronage their state was very greatly indebted. Cicero, being apprized of the matter by Sanga, directed the deputies to pretend a strong desire for the success of the plot, to seek interviews with the rest of the conspirators, to make them fair promises, and to endeavor to lay them open to conviction as much as possible.

1 XLI. To be expected from victory] “In spe victoriæ.

2 Certain rewards] “Certa præmia.” “"Offered by the senate to those who should give information of the conspiracy. See c. 30."” Kuhnhardt

3 Quintus Fabius Sanga] “"A descendent of that Fabius who, for having subdued the Allobroges, was surnamed Allobrogicus."” Bernouf. Whole states often chose patrons as well as individuals.

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