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Pro L. Murena Oratio

1Quod precatus a dis immortalibus sum, iudices, more institutoque maiorum illo die quo auspicato comitiis centuriatis L. Murenam consulem renuntiavi, ut ea res mihi fidei magistratuique meo, populo plebique Romanae bene atque feliciter eveniret, idem precor ab isdem dis immortalibus ob eiusdem hominis consulatum una cum salute obtinendum, et ut vestrae mentes atque sententiae cum populi Romani voluntatibus suffragiisque consentiant, eaque res vobis populoque Romano pacem, tranquillitatem, otium concordiamque adferat. Quod si illa sollemnis comitiorum precatio consularibus auspiciis consecrata tantam habet in se vim et religionem quantam rei publicae dignitas postulat, idem ego sum precatus ut eis quoque hominibus quibus hic consulatus me rogante datus esset ea res fauste feliciter 2 prospereque eveniret. Quae cum ita sint, iudices, et cum omnis deorum immortalium potestas aut translata sit ad vos aut certe communicata vobiscum, idem consulem vestrae fidei commendat qui antea dis

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Pro Murena

Speech in Defence of Lucius Licinius Murena

On that day, gentlemen of the jury, on which after I 1 had taken the auspices I announced Lucius Murena’s election as consul to the assembly of the centuries,a I prayed to the immortal gods according to the traditional usage of our ancestorsb that his election should bring all good fortune to myself, my trust,c my office and to the people and commons of Rome. Today I pray again to those same immortal gods that Murena’s acquittal may preserve him for his consulship, that your opinion given in your verdict may tally with the wishes of the Roman people expressed in their votes, and that this agreement may bring peace, calm, tranquillity and harmony to yourselves and to the people of Rome. Believing that that customary election prayer, hallowed by the auspices taken by a consul, has the force and religious weight that the majesty of the Republic demands, I prayed too that the election over which I presided should bring to the successful candidates all good fortune and prosperity. Accordingly, gentlemen, since the immortal 2 gods have either transferred to you their whole power or at least have allowed you to share it, I now commend to your protection the consul whom I

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.marcus_tullius_cicero-pro_murena.1976