Cicero, Pro Roscio Amerino 40

 

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Quae res igitur tantum istum furorem Sex. Roscio obiecit? 'Patri,' inquit, 'non placebat.' Patri non placebat? quam ob causam? necesse est enim eam quoque iustam et magnam et perspicuam fuisse. Nam ut illud incredibile est, mortem oblatam esse patri a filio sine plurimis et maximis causis, sic hoc veri simile non est, odio fuisse parenti filium sine causis multis et magnis et necessariis.

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What was it then which inspired Sextus Roscius with such madness as that? Oh, says he, he did not please his father. He did not please his father? For what reason? for it must have been both a just and an important and a notorious reason. For as this is incredible, that death should be inflicted on a father by a son, without many and most weighty reasons; so this, too, is not probable, that a son should be hated by his father, without many and important and necessary causes. 

 

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