The First Philippics of Cicero Against Marcus Anthony

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  • Cicero

    Before, O conscript fathers, I say those things concerning the republic which I think myself bound to say at the present time, I will explain to you briefly the cause of my departure from, and of my return to the city.

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  • When I hoped that the republic was at last recalled to a proper respect for your wisdom and for your authority, I thought that it became me to remain in a sort of sentinelship, which was imposed upon me by my position as a senator and a man of consular rank.

  • Nor did I depart anywhere, nor did I ever take my eyes off from the republic, from the day on which we were summoned to meet in the temple of Tellus;

  • in which temple, I, as far as was in my power, laid the foundations of peace, and renewed the ancient precedent set by the Athenians;

  • I even used the Greek word, which that city employed in those times in allaying discords, and gave my vote that all recollection of the existing dissensions ought to be effaced by everlasting oblivion.

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  • Cicero

    The oration then made by Marcus Antonius was an admirable one;

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  • his disposition, too, appeared excellent;

  • and lastly, by his means and by his sons', peace was ratified with the most illustrious of the citizens;

  • and everything else was consistent with this beginning.

  • He invited the chief men of the state to those deliberations which he held at his own house concerning the state of the republic;

  • he referred all the most important matters to this order.

  • Cicero

    Nothing was at that time found among the papers of Caius Caesar except what was already well known to everybody;

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  • and he gave answers to every question that was asked of him with the greatest consistency.

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  • Cicero

    Were any exiles restored?

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  • He said that one was, and only one.

  • Were any immunities granted?

  • He answered, None.