Philippics, 1. Cicero translated by C. D. Yonge. «About This Work | Cic. Phil. 1 | Cic. Phil. 2 | About This Work». 1I. Before, O conscript fathers, I say those things. Cicero (Marcus Tullius, –43 BCE), Roman advocate, orator, politician, poet, and philosopher, about whom we know more than we do of any other Roman. Philippics: Marcus Tullius Cicero: Last months: of August, and his 14 Philippic orations (so called in imitation of Demosthenes’ speeches against Philip II of.
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Although the thing that struck me with most astonishment of all was, that you should venture to make mention of inheritances, when you yourself had not received the inheritance of your own father. After having promised it to him, and pledged himself to aid him, he prevented his getting it, and transferred it to himself. For what Roman knight was there, what youth of noble birth except you, what man of any rank or class who recollected that he was a citizen, who was not on the Capitoline Hill while the senate was assembled in this temple?
For who ever heard my name mentioned as an accomplice in that most glorious action? It philippucs a case in which it ought not to appear so delightful to me not to have been killed by you, as miserable, that it should have been in your power to do such a thing with impunity. For what is more insane than, after you yourself have taken up arms to do mischief to the republic, to reproach another with having taken them up to secure its safety?
And all this is done faster than I have told it.
Of handwriting indeed you have a lucrative knowledge. To me, indeed, O conscript fathers, death is now even desirable, after all the honours which I have gained, and the deeds which I have done. But you, elated and insolent, disregarding all the respect due to the auspices, led a colony to Casilinum, whither one had been previously led a few years before; in order to erect your standard there, and to mark Edition: But lest by any chance, while enumerating his numerous exploits, our speech should pass over the finest action of Marcus Antonius, let us come to the Lupercalia.
Shall we then examine your conduct from the time when you were a boy? Meantime Sextus Pompeius, who was at the head of a considerable army in Spain, addressed letters to the consuls proposing terms of accommodation, which after some debate, and some important modifications, were agreed to, and he quitted Spain, and came as far as Marseilles on his road towards Rome.
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But if those words have any meaning, then I, an augur, demand of my colleague to know what that meaning is. For, for what crime is phllippics such a heavy punishment appointed as that, that any one should venture to say in this assembly that he, with the assistance of a lot of common operatives, would pull down a house which had been built at the public expense in accordance with a vote of the senate?
Of all the profligate conduct of all the world, I never saw, I never heard of any more shameful than yours.
For why should I put myself in the way of your audacity? And this makes me wonder why you should say that Milo did that deed at my instigation; when I never once exhorted you to do it, who of your own accord attempted to do me the same service.
As long as you please, Dolabella is a consul irregularly elected; again, while you please, he is a consul elected with all cicego regard to the auspices. Xicero it because a tribune of the people announced that there had been an illomened flash of lightning seen?
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Nor will I make any further reply to you about the verses. For when enormous evil was insinuating itself into the republic, and was gaining more strength day by day; and when the same men were erecting a tomb 2 in the forum, who had performed that irregular funeral; and when abandoned men, with slaves like themselves, were every ciero threatening with more and more vehemence all the houses and temples of the city; so severe was the rigour of Dolabella, not only towards the Edition: But however you treat us, as long as you adopt those counsels, it is impossible for philiplics, believe me, to cicdro long.
What order of society, what class of people, what rank of nobles even was there who did not then show their zeal in praising and congratulating you?
The people of Aquinum acted foolishly, no doubt; but still they were in his road. To what extent of mischief will it not be possible to instigate the frenzy of the tribunes now that these two rights of impeachment for violence and for treason are annulled? He was forced to live like a robber, having nothing beyond what he could plunder from others. But who are they whom Antonius does consult? For we augurs have only the power of announcing that the auspices are being observed, but the consuls and other magistrates have the right also of phikippics them whenever they choose.
You put away his daughter, your own cousin, philipoics already looked out and provided yourself beforehand with another. And then his houses and gardens! He wished us even to adopt the proposition of Servius Sulpicius, that most illustrious man, that no tablet purporting Edition: For perhaps you do not quite understand propositions which are stated disjunctively.
But why should I mention individuals?
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Even I, too, because men thought that you had been acting by my advice in those transactions, received the thanks and congratulations of good men in your name. Where do all these come from?
But afterwards the gown yielded to your arms. What deed was ever more deservedly recommended to the everlasting recollection of men? But as for Milo, it was not possible even for me to favour his action.
Not only did no single man of consular dignity indicate his agreement with Lucius Piso by his voice, but they did not venture even to look as if they agreed with him. He was forced to live like a robber, having nothing beyond what he could plunder from others. You might beg it for yourself, when you had lived in such a way from the time that you were a boy that you could bear everything, and would find no difficulty in being a slave; but certainly you had no commission from the Roman people to try for such a thing for them.
I, O conscript fathers, should have delivered my opinion, which I could easily have defended against the Roman people, if any heavy misfortune had happened to the republic, such as war, or pestilence, or famine; some of which, indeed, do exist already, and I have my fears lest others are impending. He went from Egypt to the furthest extremity of Gaul before he returned home.