as sure a pledge of good faith as of victory. Excuse my being somewhat importunate, though with a man like you there can hardly be any pretext for it-- however, I feel that it will be allowed to pass. Be careful of your health and continue to love me as ever.
( Fr. Q. III., 7.)
TUSCULUM,1 B. C. 54.
AT Rome, and especially on the Appian road as far as the temple of Mars, there is a remarkable flood. The promenade of Crassipes has been washed away, pleasure grounds, a great number of shops. There is a great sheet of water right up to the public fishpond. That doctrine of Homer's is in full play: --
"The days in autumn when in violent flood Zeus pours his waters, wroth at sinful men"--
for it falls in with the acquittal of Gabinius --
"Who wrench the law to suit their crooked ends And drive out justice, recking naught of Gods."
But I have made up my mind not to care about such things. When I get back to Rome I will write and tell you my observations, and especially about the dictatorship, and I will also send a letter to Labienus and one to Ligurius. I write this before daybreak by the carved wood lampstand, in which I take great delight, because they tell me that you had it made when you were at Samos. Good-bye, dearest and best of brothers.____________________