Cicero, Post Reditum in Senatu

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Post Reditum in Senatu

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I. Si, patres conscripti, pro vestris immortalibus in me fratremque meum liberosque nostros meritis parum vobis cumulate gratias egero, quaeso obtestorque, ne meae naturae potius quam magnitudini vestrorum beneficiorum id tribuendum putetis. Quae tanta enim potest exsistere ubertas ingenii, quae tanta dicendi copia, quod tam divinum atque incredibile genus orationis quo quisquam possit vestra in nos universa promerita non dicam complecti orando, sed percensere numerando? qui mihi fratrem optatissimum, me fratri amantissimo, liberis nostris parentes, nobis liberos, qui dignitatem, qui ordinem, qui fortunas, qui amplissimam rem publicam, qui patriam, qua nihil potest esse iucundius, qui denique 2 nosmet ipsos nobis reddidistis. Quod si parentes carissimos habere debemus, quod ab iis nobis vita,

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Post Reditum In Senatu

The Speech Delivered before the Senate after His Return from Exile

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I. Conscript Fathers: Should the expression of my gratitude prove to be inadequate to the unforgettable services performed by you to my brother, to myself, and to our children, I earnestly beg that you will impute such inadequacy rather to the multitude of your own kindnesses than to any lack of feeling in myself. For where shall we find such fecundity of mind, where such exuberance of language, where an eloquence of so miraculous an inspiration, as to be able, I will not say fully to express all the benefits you have conferred upon us, but even to enumerate them in a cursory review? My brother was the apple of my eye, and you have restored him to me; he loved me dearly, and you have given me back to him. You have reunited parents with children and children with parents; you have given back to us honour, position, wealth, a broad field of public activity. You have given back to us that sweetest of all human possessions, our country; last and greatest, you have given back 2 to us ourselves. But if we owe the deepest affection of our hearts to our parents, since it is from them

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.marcus_tullius_cicero-post_reditum_in_senatu.1923