Cicero, Pro Roscio Amerino 45

 

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Neque haec tu non intellegis, sed usque eo, quid arguas, non habes, ut non modo tibi contra nos dicendum putes, verum etiam contra rerum naturam contraque consuetudinem hominum contraque opiniones omnium.

XVI. At enim, cum duos filios haberet, alterum a se non dimittebat, alterum ruri esse patiebatur. Quaeso, Eruci, ut hoc in bonam partem accipias; non enim exprobrandi causa, sed commonendi gratia dicam.

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Not that you are not aware of these things, but to the extent that, what you argue, you have so little that not only do you think you must speak against us, but even against the nature of things, and against the habit of men, and against the opinions of all. 

XVI.But then, when he had two sons, he never let one be away from him, and he allowed the other to remain in the country. I beg you, Erucius, to take this in good part; for I shall say it, not for the sake of finding fault, but for the sake of warning.

 

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