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ORATIO IN L. CATILINAM PRIMA

Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? Nihilne te nocturnum praesidium Palati, nihil urbis vigiliae, nihil timor populi, nihil concursus bonorum omnium, nihil hic munitissimus habendi senatus locus, nihil horum ora voltusque moverunt? Patere tua consilia non sentis, constrictam iam horum omnium scientia teneri coniurationem tuam non vides? Quid proxima, quid superiore nocte egeris, ubi fueris, quos convocaveris, quid consilii ceperis, quem nostrum ignorare arbitraris? Senatus haec intellegit. Consul videt; hic tamen vivit. Nos autem fortes viri satis facere rei publicae videmur, si istius furorem ac tela vitemus.

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The Catiline or Catilinarian Orations are a set of speeches to the Roman Senate given by Marcus Tullius Cicero , one of the year's consuls , accusing a senator, Lucius Sergius Catilina Catiline , of leading a plot to overthrow the Roman government. Some modern historians, and ancient sources such as Sallust , suggest that Catiline was a more complex and sympathetic character than Cicero's writings declare, and that Cicero, a career politician, was heavily influenced by a desire to establish decisively a lasting reputation as a great Roman patriot and statesman. This is one of the best, if not the very best, documented events surviving from the ancient world, and has set the stage for classic political struggles pitting state security against civil liberties. Running for the consulship for a second time after having lost at the first attempt, Catiline was an advocate for the poor, calling for the cancellation of debts and land redistribution. There was apparently substantial evidence that he had bribed numerous senators to vote for him and engaged in other unethical conduct related to the election such behaviour was, however, hardly unknown in the late Republic. Cicero, in indignation, issued a law prohibiting such machinations, [3] and it seemed obvious to all that the law was directed at Catiline. Catiline, therefore, so Cicero claimed, conspired to murder Cicero and other key senators on the day of the election, in what became known as the Second Catilinarian conspiracy.

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