Cicero, Post Reditum ad Quirites

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Oratio Post Reditum Ad Quirites

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I. Quod precatus a Iove optimo maximo ceterisque dis immortalibus sum, Quirites, eo tempore, quum me fortunasque meas pro vestra incolumitate, otio concordiaque devovi, ut, si meas rationes umquam vestrae saluti anteposuissem, sempiternam poenam sustinerem mea voluntate susceptam, sin et ea, quae ante gesseram, conservandae civitatis causa gessissem et illam miseram profectionem vestrae salutis gratia suscepissem, ut, quod odium scelerati homines et audaces in rem publicam et in omnes bonos conceptum iam diu continerent, id in me uno potius quam in optimo quoque et universa civitate defigerent,1 hoc si animo in vos liberosque vestros fuissem, ut aliquando vos patresque conscriptos Italiamque universam memoria mei, misericordia desideriumque teneret, eius devotionis me esse convictum iudicio

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Post Reditum Ad Quirites

The Speech Delivered before the People after His Return from Exile

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I. Fellow-Citizens: On the day when I vowed to sacrifice myself and my fortunes in the cause of your safety, tranquillity, and union, I prayed of Jupiter Best and Greatest, and of the other immortal gods, that if ever I had placed considerations of my own interest before those of your welfare, I might be visited with eternal retribution, which I should deliberately have brought upon myself; but that if my earlier achievements had had the preservation of the community as their object, and if your welfare also had been the motive that led me to submit to the unhappy necessity of retirement, they should make me, and not the state at large and its patriotic citizens, the exclusive mark of the long-pent-up hatred conceived by wicked and unscrupulous men against the republic and its loyal adherents; and that, had this been my spirit towards you and your children, a day might come when you, when our conscript fathers, and the whole of Italy, might be moved by the recollection of me to compassion and regretful desire. And now I rejoice exceedingly that I have been held to the conditions of my

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.marcus_tullius_cicero-post_reditum_ad_quirites.1923