Cicero, Pro Plancio

LCL 158: 406-407

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Pro Cnaeo Plancio

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I. Cum propter egregiam et singularem Cn. Plancii, iudices, in mea salute custodienda fidem tam multos et bonos viros eius honori viderem esse fautores, capiebam animo non mediocrem voluptatem, quod, cuius officium mihi saluti fuisset, ei meorum temporum memoriam suffragari videbam. Cum autem audirem meos partim inimicos partim invidos, huic accusationi esse fautores, eamdemque rem adversariam esse in iudicio Cn. Plancio, quae in petitione fuisset adiutrix, dolebam, iudices, et acerbe ferebam, si huius salus ob eam ipsam causam esset infestior, quod is meam salutem atque vitam sua benevolentia, praesidio, custodiaque 2 texisset. Nunc autem vester, iudices, conspectus et consessus iste reficit et recreat mentem meam, cum intueor et contemplor unumquemque vestrum. Video enim hoc in numero neminem, cui mea salus cara non fuerit; cuius non exstet in me summum

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Pro Cnaeo Plancio

The Speech on Behalf of Gnaeus Plancius

[Delivered before a specially nominated Jury, 54]

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I. When I saw so many patriotic gentlemen eagerly supporting the candidature of Gnaeus Plancius on account of the remarkable and exceptional loyalty he displayed towards me at a time of great personal danger, it gave me considerable pleasure to reflect that the memory of that crisis in my life was enlisted in favour of one whose services had been the means to my preservation. But when I heard that this accusation was being forwarded by those who were either enemies or detractors of myself, so that the same connexion which had aided my client in his pursuit of office was like to harm him when he was on his trial, I was grieved and bitterly disappointed, gentlemen, to think that his safety should be endangered simply and solely because my own safety, nay, my very life, had been secured by his goodwill 2 and vigilant protection. But at the present moment, gentlemen, the sight of you assembled here bids me take. fresh heart of grace; for as I scan with careful eye each several member of the court, I see that there is no one of you who has not had my safety at heart, who has not laid me under the deepest obligations, and to whom I am not

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.marcus_tullius_cicero-pro_plancio.1923