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159 14. Conjuz: Fulvia, Antony's wife, had been married twice before. Clodius, her first husband, was killed by Milo; Curio, her next husband, was slain by Juba, king of Mauritania; and Cicero says, she had long owed the Roman people her third debt, insinuating that before that time, Antony, her third husband, should have been killed. 27. Nostri liberatores: Brutus and Cassius.
32. Hi: Brutus and Cassius.
10. Fuit in illo ingenium, etc.: Cicero here acknowledges the abilities of Cæsar, which unquestionably were very great, but at the same time were employed to the ruin of his country.
15. Suos præmiis: Cæsar had the generosity of an artful politician; he was liberal, when liberality would promote the execution of his ambitious designs.
44. Cicero published fourteen orations against Antony; but of all: of them the Second Philippic, "conspicua divina Philippica fama," as Juvenal styles it (Sat. X. 125), was the most severe. This oration was perhaps the immediate cause of the assassination of Cicero. The sarcastical wit and pungent satire it contains, so highly exasperated Antony, that he determined to embrace the first oppor tunity of silencing forever that tongue, whose invectives he so much feared. His desire of revenge did not long remain ungratified. The Roman orator, whom a large portion of mankind have so much admired, in a short time after the publication of this Philippic, became one of the first victims of that bloody vengeance, which characterized the coalition of Octavius, Antony, and Lepidus.