Cicero, Pro Lege Manilia

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saepe cognovistis. Fidem vero eius quantam inter socios existimari putatis, quam hostes omnes omnium generum sanctissimam iudicarint? Humanitate iam tanta est, ut difficile dictu sit, utrum hostes magis virtutem eius pugnantes timuerint an mansuetudinem victi dilexerint. Et quisquam dubitabit, quin huic hoc tantum bellum transmittendum sit, qui ad omnia nostrae memoriae bella conficienda divino quodam consilio natus esse videatur?

43XV. Et quoniam auctoritas quoque in bellis administrandis multum atque in imperio militari valet, certe nemini dubium est, quin ea re idem ille imperator plurimum possit. Vehementer autem pertinere ad bella administranda, quid hostes, quid socii de imperatoribus nostris existiment, quis ignorat, cum sciamus homines in tantis rebus, ut aut contemnant aut metuant aut oderint aut ament, opinione non minus et fama quam aliqua ratione certa commoveri? Quod igitur nomen umquam in orbe terrarum clarius fuit? cuius res gestae pares? de quo homine vos, id quod maxime facit auctoritatem, tanta 44et tam praeclara iudicia fecistis? An vero ullam usquam esse oram tam desertam putatis, quo non illius diei fama pervaserit, cum universus populus Romanus referto foro completisque omnibus templis, ex quibus hic locus conspici potest, unum sibi ad commune omnium gentium bellum Cn. Pompeium imperatorem depoposcit? Itaque, ut plura non

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to judge for yourselves in this very place. As for his word of honour, how greatly, think you, must it be valued by his allies, when all his enemies, of whatever race, have adjudged it inviolable? Then, too, such is his humanity that it were hard to say whether his enemies have more feared his valour when fighting against him or welcomed his clemency when vanquished. And will any man hesitate to transfer the conduct of this great war to the man who seems to have been sent into the world by Providence to bring to a conclusion all the wars of our time?

XV. Now prestige also is of great importance in43 the conduct of wars and in the exercise of a military command; and no one doubts, I am sure, that the commander I have mentioned is preeminent in this direction too. Who, indeed, is unaware how enormously important to the conduct of a campaign is the opinion held about our generals by the enemy and by the allies? For we know that in such crises people are led to feel fear or scorn, love or hatred, by fancy and rumour as much as by any process of reasoning. What name, then, in the whole world has ever been more famous? Whose achievements are comparable to his? On whom beside have you ever bestowed that which above all else confers prestige, namely, such great and signal proofs of your esteem? Think you indeed that there was44 anywhere a coast so desolate that no tidings reached it of that great day on which the entire Roman People, thronging into the Forum and filling every temple that commands a view of this platform, demanded the appointment of Gnaeus Pompeius alone to be their general in a world-war? And so,

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.marcus_tullius_cicero-pro_lege_manilia.1927