Cicero, Pro Roscio Amerino 39

 

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Patrem occidit Sex. Roscius. Qui homo? adulescentulus corruptus et ab hominibus nequam inductus? Annos natus maior quadraginta. Vetus videlicet sicarius, homo audax et saepe in caede versatus. At hoc ab accusatore ne dici quidem audistis. Luxuries igitur hominem nimirum et aeris alieni magnitudo et indomitae animi cupiditates ad hoc scelus impulerunt. De luxurie purgavit Erucius, cum dixit hunc ne in convivio quidem ullo fere interfuisse. Nihil autem umquam debuit. Cupiditates porro quae possunt esse in eo, qui, ut ipse accusator obiecit, ruri semper habitarit et in agro colendo vixerit? quae vita maxime disiuncta a cupiditate et cum officio coniuncta est.

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Sextus Roscius murdered his father. What sort of man is he? Is he a young man, corrupted, and led on by worthless men? He is more than forty years old. Doubtless then he is an old assassin, a daring man, and well acquainted with murder. But you have not even heard this said by the accuser. To be sure, then, luxury, and the magnitude of his debts, and the ungovernable desires of his disposition, have urged the man to this wickedness! Erucius acquitted him of luxury, when he said that he was scarcely ever present at any banquet. But he never owed anything. Further, what evil desires could exist in that man who, as his accuser himself objected to him, has always lived in the country, and spent his time in cultivating his land; a mode of life which is utterly removed from covetousness, and inseparably allied to virtue?

 

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