Cicero, Pro Roscio Amerino 42

 

42

'Nescio,' inquit, 'quae causa odii fuerit; fuisse odium intellego, quia antea, cum duos filios haberet, illum alterum, qui mortuus est, secum omni tempore volebat esse, hunc in praedia rustica relegarat.' Quod Erucio accidebat in mala nugatoriaque accusatione, idem mihi usu venit in causa optima. Ille quo modo crimen commenticium confirmaret, non inveniebat, ego res tam leves qua ratione infirmem ac diluam, reperire non possum.

42

I know not, says he, what cause for displeasure there was; but I know that displeasure existed; because formerly, when he had two sons, he chose that other one, who is dead, to be at all times with himself, but sent this other one to his farms in the country. The same thing which happened to Erucius in supporting this wicked and trifling charge, has happened to me in advocating a most righteous cause. He could find no means of supporting this trumped-up charge; I can hardly find out by what arguments I am to invalidate and get rid of such trifling circumstances. 

 

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