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Editorial comment by Laura Knight-Jadczyk

On December 29, Cicero, who had been declaring himself savior of the city and the new “Father of his Country” only two weeks earlier, mounted the rostra to make an accounting of his consulship which was ending that day, Nepos shouted out “A man who had punished others without trial ought not himself to be granted the privilege of making a speech.” He then ordered Cicero to restrict himself to the recitation of the standard formulaic words that released him from his service, and no more. Cicero obeyed but, at the end of the formula, he shouted “The safety of the state and this city is due to my efforts alone!” The crowed jeered.

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