Cicero, Pro Roscio Amerino 43

 

43

Quid ais, Eruci? tot praedia, tam pulchra, tam fructuosa Sex. Roscius filio suo relegationis ac supplicii gratia colenda ac tuenda tradiderat? Quid? hoc patres familias, qui liberos habent, praesertim homines illius ordinis ex municipiis rusticanis, nonne optatissimum sibi putant esse, filios suos rei familiari maxime servire et in praediis colendis operae plurimum studiique consumere?

43

What do you say, Erucius? Did Sextus Roscius entrust so many farms, and such fine and productive ones to his son to cultivate and manage, for the sake of getting rid of and punishing him? What can this mean? Do not fathers of families who have children, particularly men of that class of municipalities in the country, do they not think it a most desirable thing for them that their sons should attend in a great degree to their domestic affairs, and should devote much of their labor and attention to cultivating their farms? 

 

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