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quo etiam audita est attentius.... tibi autem, Balbe, respondeo primum precario, si licet, si fas est defendi a me eum qui nullum convivium renuerit, qui in hortis fuerit, qui unguenta sumpserit, qui Baias viderit. [28] ... [29] sed tu mihi videbare ex communi infamia iuventutis aliquam invidiam Caelio velle conflare.... [30] ... sunt autem duo crimina, auri et veneni; in quibus una atque eadem persona versatur. aurum sumptum a Clodia, venenum quaesitum quod Clodiae daretur, ut dicitur. omnia sunt alia non crimina, sed maledicta, iurgi petulantis magis quam publicae quaestionis. “adulter, impudicus, sequester” convicium est, non accusatio.... [35] ... accusatores quidem libidines, amores, adulteria, Baias, actas, convivia, comissationes, cantus, symphonias, navigia iactant, idemque significant nihil se te invita dicere.... [51] ... aurum sumpsit, ut dicitis, quod L. Luccei servis daret, per quos Alexandrinus Dio qui tum apud Lucceium habitabat necaretur.... [53] vidit hoc Balbus; celatam esse Clodiam dixit, atque ita Caelium ad illam attulisse, se ad ornatum ludorum aurum quaerere.... [56] ... quin etiam L. Herennium dicere audistis verbo se molestum non futurum fuisse Caelio, nisi iterum eadem de re suo familiari absoluto

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also listened to with greater attention.... But it is you, Balbus, I answer first of all, with your kind permission, if it is lawful, if it is right that I should defend a man who has never refused a dinner, who has been in a park, who has used unguents, who has been to Baiae. [28] ... [29] But you [Balbus] seemed to me to wish to trump up some prejudice against Caelius from the charges made against young men in general.... [30] ... Now there are two charges [against Caelius specifically], relating to gold and to poison; in those one and the same individual is involved. The gold was taken from Clodia, the poison sought to be given to Clodia, as is alleged. All the other matters are not accusations, but slanders, matters rather of an aggressive quarrel than of a public judicial investigation. “Adulterer, lewd fellow, dealer in bribes” is abuse, not accusation.... [35] ... The accusers are constantly talking about debauchery, amours, adultery, Baiae, seaside resorts, feasts, revels, concerts, musical parties, boats; and they make itclear that they say nothing against your [Clodia’s] wishes.... [51] ... [returning to the charges mentioned in section 30] The gold, as you [the accusers] claim, he [Caelius] took to give to the slaves of L. Lucceius [(123)], through whose help Dio of Alexandria [Academic philosopher], who at the time was living with Lucceius, was to be assassinated [cf. also Cael. 23–24].... [53] Balbus had this point [potential knowledge and involvement of Clodia] in mind; he said that Clodia was not in on the secret and that Caelius told her the story that he wanted the gold for the expenses of games.... [56] ... Moreover, you heard L. Herennius declare in his statement that he would not have made himself troublesome to Caelius if he [Caelius] had not a second time brought against his friend [L. Calpurnius

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019