Cicero, Pro Roscio Amerino 15

 

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Sex. Roscius, pater huiusce, municeps Amerinus fuit, cum genere et nobilitate et pecunia non modo sui municipii, verum etiam eius vicinitatis facile primus, tum gratia atque hospitiis florens hominum nobilissimorum. Nam cum Metellis, Serviliis, Scipionibus erat ei non modo hospitium, verum etiam domesticus usus et consuetudo, quas, ut aequum est, familias honestatis amplitudinisque gratia nomino. Itaque ex omnibus suis commodis hoc solum filio reliquit; nam patrimonium domestici praedones vi ereptum possident, fama et vita innocentis ab hospitibus amicisque paternis defenditur.

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Sextus Roscius, the father of this man, was a citizen of Ameria, by far the first man not only of his municipality, but also of his neighborhood, in birth, and nobility and wealth, and also of great influence, from the affection and the tires of hospitality by which he was connected with the most noble men of Rome. For he had not only connexions of hospitality with the Metelli, the Servilii, and the Scipios, but he had also actual acquaintance and intimacy with them; families which I name, as it is right I should, only to express my sense of their honor and dignity. And of all his property he has left this alone to his son,--for domestic robbers have possession of his patrimony, which they have seized by force--the fame and life of this innocent man is defended by his paternal connections and friends. 

 

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