Cicero, Pro Roscio Amerino 61

 

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quae quoniam te fefellerunt, Eruci, quoniamque vides versa esse omnia, causam pro Sex. Roscio, si non commode, at libere dici, quem dedi putabas, defendi intellegis, quos tradituros sperabas, vides iudicare, restitue nobis aliquando veterem tuam illam calliditatem atque prudentiam, confitere huc ea spe venisse, quod putares hic latrocinium, non iudicium futurum.
   De parricidio causa dicitur; ratio ab accusatore reddita non est, quam ob causam patrem filius occiderit.

61

And since you were deceived in all this, Erucius, and since you see that everything is altered; that the cause on behalf of Sextus Roscius is argued, if not as it should be, at all events with freedom, since you see that he is defended whom you thought was abandoned, that those who you expected would deliver him up to you are judging impartially, give us again, at last, some of your old skill and prudence; confess that you came hither with the hope that there would be a robbery here, not a trial. A trial is held on a charge of parricide, and no reason is alleged by the accuser why the son has slain his father. 

 

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