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Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Cicero's Public Life and Contemporary Politics. (search)
Letter VII: ad Atticum 2.19 Rome, July, 59 B.C. In accordance with the Compact made in 60 B.C. between Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus, who formed what is commonly called the First Triumvirate, Caesar had been elected consul for 59 B.C. , and the radical measures whose passage he had secured or was securing with the help of Pompey (cf. Att. 2.16.2) opened Cicero's eyes to the character of Pompey, and to the danger which threatened the state. The letter presents a lively picture of the political59 B.C. , and the radical measures whose passage he had secured or was securing with the help of Pompey (cf. Att. 2.16.2) opened Cicero's eyes to the character of Pompey, and to the danger which threatened the state. The letter presents a lively picture of the political turmoil in Rome, throws light upon the attitude of the populace toward Caesar and Pompey, as viewed from an aristocratic standpoint, and discloses Cicero's realization for a moment of the danger with which the designs of Clodius threaten him. sescenta: cf. miliens, Ep. V.4n. Statium manu missum (esse): Quintus Cicero had lately set his slave Statius free, and this action had given color to the rumor that Statius exerted too great an influence over Quintus. Cf. Q. fr. 1.2.3 quod autem me maxis
Letter VIII: ad Atticum 2.22 Rome, Aug. or Sept., 59 B.C. The excited tone and the abrupt style of the letter betray the writer's appreciation of the imminence of the danger threatening him. quam vellem Romae: if the text is correct, either to be connected with the greeting (cf. Fam. 1.10), or an extreme case of ellipsis, with te esse understood. Cf. Att. 13.21.6 de Caesaris adventie scripsit ad me Balbus non ante Eat; 13.2.1 Pisonem sicubi (poteris, conveni, Ut) de auro (coificias), and I
em fore quem disam nescio, haut. Trin. 2; sed dic tamen unde onustam celocem agere te praedicem, Plaut. Pseud. 1306; inimiciorem nunc utrum credam magis sodalemne esse an Bacchidem, incertum admodumst, Plaut. Bacch. 500 f.
libros Alexandri: in 59 B.C.
Cicero was at work on his Chorographia, a treatise upon geography (cf. Att. 2.4. 3; 2.6.1; 2.7.1), and Atticus had sent to him a poem upon the same subject, written by Alexander of Ephesus (Att. 2.20.6).
Numerium Numestium: recommended to Cicer
Letter IX: ad Atticum 2.23 Rome, Aug. or Sept., 59 B.C. nisi mea manu scriptam: cf. Intr. 64. quanta occupatione distinear: his attention was given to professional matters rather than to politics; cf. 3. voculae: cf. pulchellus, Ep. V.10n, and voculas, Ep. LI.2n. ambulare: Quintilian, 11.3.19, recommends walking, among other things, as good for the voice. dictavi : Tiro, Cicero's principal secretary, was an expert shorthand writer and the author of a system of stenography. Cf. Intr. 57. hae
quests for the presence of Atticus would seem to have been successful, as there is a break in the correspondence between the two men from November, 59, to March, 58, during which time Atticus was doubtless in Rome. The correspondence of the year 59 B.C.
reveals the utter helplessness of the senatorial party to cope with the triumvirs. The former were without a 'platform' and without leaders. The petulant opposition of Bibulus and the tactless obstinacy of Cato excited only ridicule and anger
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter XXXI: ad familiares 8.1 (search)
Frank Frost Abbott, Commentary on Selected Letters of Cicero, Letter XXXIV: ad familiares 15.4 (search)