Masterpieces of Latin Literature: Terence: Lucretius: Catullus: Virgil: Horace: Tibullus: Propertius: Ovid: Petronius: Martial: Juvenal: Cicero: Caesar: Livy: Tacitus: Pliny the Younger: Apuleius; with Biographical Sketches and Notes

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after. Those who come from your part accuse you of pride, because they say you won't answer men who put questions to you. However, there is one thing that will please you: they all agree in saying that there is no better lawyer than you at Samarobriva!


TO ATTICUS IN ROME

(Att. V., 1.)

MINTURNAE,1 B. C. 51).

YES, I saw well enough what your feelings were as I parted from you; what mine were I am my own witness. This makes it all the more incumbent on you to prevent an additional decree being passed, so that this mutual regret of ours may not last more than a year. As to Annius Saturninus, your measures are excellent. As to the guarantee,2 pray, during your stay at Rome, give it yourself. You will find several guarantees on purchase, such as those of the estates of Mennius, or rather of Attilius. As to Oppius,3 that is exactly what I wished, and especially your having engaged to pay him the 800 sestertia,4 which I am determined shall be paid in any case, even if I have to borrow to do so, rather than wait for the last day of getting in my own debts. I now come to that last line of your letter written crossways, in which you give me a word of caution about your sister.5 The facts of the matter are these. On arriving at my place at Ar

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1
In Latium, on the Via Appia. The letter was written by Cicero on his way to Cilicia, whither he was going as proconsul.
2
Of the title to some property that Cicero was selling.
3
The agent of Caesar.
About $34,000.
5
Atticus' sister Pomponia was the wife of Cicero's brother Quintus.

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