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1, 4; quod de domo scribis . . . ego vero,
Quod utinam • Would that I had not
36] if my present bitter fate is un-
neque di ..... neque homines] Cicero
same man (though identified by Klotz in
periculum fortunarum et capitis] cf.
prae] in comparison with.'
3. profecti sumus] = proficiscor, 'I am
I?, Introd., p. 40.
2. M. Laenium Flaccum] In Att. v.
sin, ut ego metuo, transactum est, quoquo modo potes, ad me fac venias. Unum hoc scito: si te habebo, non mihi videbor plane perisse. Sed quid Tulliola mea fiet? Iam id vos videte: mihi deest consilium. Sed certe, quoquo modo se res habebit, illius misellae et matrimonio et famae serviendum est. Quid, Cicero meus quid aget? Iste vero sit in sinu semper et complexu meo. Non queo plura iam scribere : impedit maeror. Tu quid egeris nescio : utrum aliquid teneas an, quod metuo, plane sis spoliata. 4. Pisonem, ut scribis, spero fore semper nostrum. De familia liberata nihil est quod te moveat. Primum tuis ita promissum est, te facturam esse, ut quisque esset meritus. Est autem in officio adhuc Orpheus: praeterea magno opere nemo. Ceterorum servorum ea causa est, ut, si res a nobis abisset, liberti nostri essent, si obtinere potuissent: sin ad nos pertineret, servirent, praeterquam oppido pauci. Sed haec minora sunt. 5. Tu quod me hortaris, ut animo sim magno et spem habeam reciperandae salutis, id velim sit eius modi, ut recte sperare possimus. Nunc, miser quando tuas iam litteras accipiam ? quis ad me perferet ? quas ego exspectassem
sin] the opposition here is conside- teneas] whether you hold in your rably more pointed than above.
hands (still retain) any of my property:' quid Tulliola mea fiet] what will cf. Of. ü. 81, multa dotibus tenebantur. become of my dear Tullia :' cf. Att. vi. 4. De familia liberata Terentia had 1, 14; quid illo fiet, 'what will become heard that all their slaves had been given of him, Fam. xiv. 1, 5, quid puero fiet. their freedom by Cicero. He assures
illius misellae] 'we must devote our- her that she need not be uneasy. To selves to the maintenance of the poor your slaves,' he says, 'no promise was girl's conjugal happiness and of her good made at all, but that you would treat name.' For serviendum, cf. Att. v. 11, 5. every one as he deserved. Now, Orpheus Tullia was married to Calpurnius Piso, of is so far very well behaved; besides him whom Cicero always speaks in the high- no one has shown himself particularly est terms, especially in Brut. 272. Piso deserving. In the case of the others (my refused to go to Pontus and Bithynia asown), the arrangement made is this—that quaestor, so that he might attend to the if the property is sold by public auction, affairs of his exiled father-in-law in and goes out of my hands a nobis abisset), Rome, and incurred on Cicero's behalf they should have the position of freedthe enmity of his kinsman, the consul men of mine, if they could make good (Post Red. in Sen. 38). He died pro- their title to that position (against those bably about the time of Cicero's restora. who might urge that the penalties of con. tion. Cicero says (Sest. 68), Piso ille fiscation were being thus evaded); but if gener meus cui fructum pietatis suae neque the property is left in my hands, i.e. if I ex me neque a pop. Romano ferre licuit. am allowed to buy it in (si ad nos pertiTullia's dowry seems not to have been neret), they should be still my slaves, es: yet paid, and from this Cicero appre- cept a very few (whom I have promised hends danger to her married happiness to manumit).' and good name.
ea causa est] is followed by past tenses, complexu meo] See Adn. Crit. : cp. in essent, servirent, &c., because in sense it me sinu est neque ego discingor, Q. Fr. ü. fers to past time, in referring to the result 11 (13), 1.
of an agreement already made.
Brundusii, si esset licitum per nautas, qui tempestatem praetermittere noluerunt. Quod reliquum est, sustenta te, mea Terentia, ut potes, honestissime. Viximus: floruimus : non vitium nostrum, sed virtus nostra nos adflixit. Peccatum est nullum, nisi quod non una animam cum ornamentis amisimus. Sed si hoc fuit liberis nostris gratius, nos vivere, cetera, quamquam ferenda non sunt, feramus. Atqui ego, qui te confirmo, ipse me non possum. 6. Clodium Philhetaerum, quod valetudine oculorum impediebatur, hominem fidelem, remisi. Sallustius officio vincet omnes. Pescennius est perbenevolus nobis : quem semper spero tui fore observantem. Sica dixerat se mecum fore, sed Brundusio discessit. Cura, quod potes, ut valeas, et sic existimes, me vehementius tua miseria quam mea commoveri. Mea Terentia, fidissima atque optima uxor, et mea carissima filiola et spes reliqua nostra, Cicero, Falete. Pridie Kalendas Maias Brundisio.
LXIII. TO ATTICUS, in Rome (Art. 111. 7).
BRUNDUSIUM, A. U. C. 696; B. C. 58 ; AET. CIC. 48.
M. Cicero scribit se Brundusium venisse de causis quam ob rem in Epirum nolit accedere, de miseriis suis, de exigua spe libertatis publicae, de incerto itineris sui
CICERO ATTICO SAL. 1. Brundusium veni a. d. xiv Kal. Maias. Eo die pueri tui mihi a te litteras reddiderunt, et alii pueri post diem tertium eius diei alias litteras attulerunt. Quod me rogas et hortaris, ut apud to in Epiro sim, voluntas tua mihi valde grata est et minime nova. Esset consilium mihi quidem optatum si liceret ibi omne tempus consumere—odi enim celebritatem, fugio homines, lucem aspicere vix possum, esset mihi ista solitudo, praesertim tam familiari in
5. tempestatem] (a favourable wind,' usually tranquillitas. ornamentis) my dignities.'
6. Clodium He, as well as Pescennius and Sallustius, was probably a freedman
quotes quod poteris, Att. x. 2, 21; quod eius facere potueris, Fam. iii. 2, 2; quod eius facere poteris, Att. xi. 12, 4. Add Att. ü. 7, 3; Fam. v. 8, fin.; Ep. xii. 36.
1. in Epiro] i.e. in Atticus's property at Buthrotum.
Esset consilium] See Adn. Crit.
si liceret] if the prescribed distance of 400 miles did not forbid.
mecum fore] 80. in Graecia.
quod potes) Some edd. would here read quoad potes; but quod potes is used in quite the same sense. In proof of this, Hofm.
loco, non amara—sed itineris causa, ut devorterer, primum est devium, deinde ab Autronio et ceteris quadridui, deinde sine te. Nam castellum munitum habitanti mihi prodesset, transeunti non est necessarium. Quod si auderem, Athenas peterem : sane ita cadebat ut vellem. Nunc et nostri hostes ibi sunt et te non habemus et veremur ne interpretentur illud quoque oppidum ab Italia non satis abesse, nec scribis quam ad diem te exspectemus. 2. Quod me ad vitam vocas, unum efficis, ut a me manus abstineam, alterum non potes, ut me non nostri consilii vitaeque paeniteat. Quid enim est quod me retineat, praesertim si spes ea non est, quae nos proficiscentes prosequebatur ? Non faciam ut enumerem miserias omnes, in quas incidi per summam iniuriam et scelus non tam inimicorum meorum quam invidorum, ne et meum maerorem exagitem et te in eumdem luctum vocem. Hoc adfirmo, neminem umquam tanta calamitate esse adfectum, nemini mortem magis optandam fuisse; cuius oppetendae tempus honestissimum praetermissum est. Reliqua tempora sunt non tam ad medicinam quam ad finem doloris. 3. De re publica video te colligere omnia quae putes aliquam spem mihi posse adferre mutandarum rerum, quae quamquam exigua sunt, tamen, quoniam placet, exspectemus. Tu nihilo minus, si properaris, nos consequere. Nam aut accedemus in Epirum aut tarde per Candaviam ibimus. Dubitationem autem de Epiro non inconstantia nostra adferebat, sed quod de fratre, ubi eum visuri essemus, nesciebamus. Quem quidem ego nec ubi visurus nec quo modo dimissurus sim scio. Id est maximum et misserimum mearum omnium miseriarum. Ego et saepius ad te et plura scriberem, nisi mihi dolor meus cum omnes partes mentis tum maxime huius generis facultatem ademisset. Videre te cupio. Cura ut valeas. Data prid. Kal. Mai. Brundusii.
sed itineris causa] .but to go to Epirus, merely to suit my journey by making it a halting-place, would, firstly, be out of my way; secondly, it would place me only four days' journey from Autronius and my other enemies ; lastly, I should miss you. A fortified place, like your property there, would be useful if I were living there, but is not necessary for one who is merely passing through.' On the careless construction of this and the next clause, see Introd. ii. $ 2, note.
Quod si auderem] 'If I dared I would go to Athens : ah, that is the plan which I should really have liked; but my open enemies (such as Autronius) are there, and I have not you to help me, and I fear they might construe even that town (as well as Buthrotum) as not being at the required distance from Italy.' A difficulty has been raised because Cicero is said not elsewhere to speak of Athens as an oppidum, and because Cicero here expresses a doubt as to whether Athens was within the required distance, though he had been staying at Thessalonica, which was nearer to Italy. To the latter objection Hofm. replies that it was through the connivance of his friend Plancius, the quaestor to the governor of Macedonia, that he was allowed to remain at Thessalonica (Planc. 99). Cicero did not at this time intend to remain at Thessalonica, but to go on to Cyzicus. To the former his answer is, that Cornelius Nepos calls Athens, and even Rome, an oppidum. But the strongest defence of the text is not mentioned by Hofm. It is this: Cicero elsewhere uses urbs and oppidum as absolutely synonymous: see De Div. i. 53, where he describes Pherae as urbs in Thessalia tum
admodum nobilis, and then, after a short parenthesis, resumes his narration with the words in eo igitur oppido. So in the passage above (Att. ii. 1, 2), curabis Athenis sit et in ceteris oppidis Graeciae, we may perhaps hold that Cicero means to include Athens among oppida, though of course this passage is susceptible of another explanation, as an instance of a well-known classicism, of which we have an example in the Greek use of Los = . besides : e.g. Xóptos oude oxo déropov
ú8év, Xen. Anab. i. 5,5. Hence Schütz is wrong in reading here Achaiam for Athenas (see next letter, § 1), and in understanding illud oppidum to refer to Buthrotum.
sane ita cadebat] This can only be translated, “indeed, the matter was turning out as I should wish.' (Now I cannot go to Athens.) In vellem we have, as often, the apodosis of a conditional sentence, the protasis of which is not ei. pressed as I should wish if I had the choice.' For cadere = 'to fall out,' bappen,' cp. Att. ii. 24, 1 (Ep. lxxxv.); Att. iv. 1, 1 (Ep. lix.). Observe that the ut is "as,' and does not govern vellem.
ab Italia] See note on Ep. lvü.
hostes] For hostes = 'overt enemies' see note on Att. ii. 19, 3.
2. ad vitam vocas) It is plain, from this and other passages, that Cicero really had thought of destroying himself, and was deterred by the advice of Atticus, which he afterwards regretted that be had followed.
spes ea] The nature of this hope is mentioned in Q. Fr. i. 4, 4, saepe triduo summa cum gloria dicebar esse rediturus,
invidorum] probably Hortensius : see Att. iii. 9, 2, and Q. Fr. i. 3, 8. So also in Att. üi. 8, 4.
are still at Rome.'
Candaviam] A wild district of Illyria, lying in the road from Dyrrhachium to Thessalonica, and mentioned by Lucan, vii. 331, qua vastos aperit Candavia saltus.
ezagitem] 'rouse afresh,' metaphor from stirring up grounds or dregs : cf. Col. xi. 19, 4, ut quidquid faecis subsederit exagitet et in summum reducat.
stent . . . ad] are calculated to produce:' cf. Att. vi. 1, 14, erit ad sustentandum, 'will serve to keep the enemy at bay.' The meaning here is, 'I ought to have met an honourable death in resisting Clodius: that would have healed my heart-ache (wounded honour). All the subsequent opportunities (i. e. if I killed myself after my exile began) serve only to end my pain, not to heal it.' A noble death before he humiliated himself would have set him right in the eyes of the world, and so healed his pain; death now can only end it. Boot explains differently, quod superest non potest dolori remedium afferre, solum poterit hebetare dolorem.' But how can this be found in the words ? Surely (afferre) finem dolori is anything rather than hebe tare dolorem. Perhaps he means, the rest of my life will serve not to heal my wound, but only to let it linger on till it is ended by death.' But I believe my explanation is the right one. I find that Boot now (0b88. critt. p. 46) explains the passage as I do. 3. nihilo minus] that is, though you
nec ubi visurus] The best commentary on this passage is Att. iii. 9, 1, read with Q. Fr. i. 3, 4. In both passages Cicero expresses his fear that if he and his brother meet they will find it very hard to part. Therefore the reading usually adopted by editors, namely, nec quo modo visurus nec ubi dimissurus sim, can hardly be right. The question is not where, but how, he will be able to part with his brother. I have transposed quo modo and ubi. The sentence then runs, not only do I not know where I shall meet him (as is mentioned in the preceding sentence), but I do not know how I can part from him' (if I do meet him). Quo modo perhaps should stand both before visurus and before dimissurus, but my theory accounts better for the corruption. See Adn. Crit. I do not deny that the ordinary reading can be explained, for Cic. often speaks of an un. willingness even to look upon those who had known him in brighter days : see Q. Fr. i. 3, 1; Att. ii. 10, 2.' But I hold that my reading is certainly more suitable to the context here, and virtually as near to the ms tradition.
ego] See last letter, 1.
huius generis facultatem] my apti.