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e citizenship. They
hoped to bring all the leaders under malicious indictment, and themselves to
sit in judgment on them, and that when their enemies were out of the way
they should be more powerful than ever in the government of Rome. When the other tribunes interposed
their veto the knights surrounded them with drawn daggers and enacted the
measure, whereupon accusers at once brought actions against the most
illustrious of the senators. Of these Bestia did n all of whom had been hostile to the
Romans before; also all the rest extending from the river Liris (which is
now, I think, the Liternus) to the extremity of the Adriatic gulf, both
inland and sea-coast. They sent ambassadors to Rome to complain that although they had coöperated
in all ways with the Romans in building up the empire, the latter had not
been willing to admit their helpers to citizenship. The Senate answered
sternly that if they repented of what