Cicero - Letter to Atticus IX.18

After a series of correspondences from Caesar to Cicero, Cicero writes to Atticus describing a face to face meeting with the former triumvir. The letter is dated 28 March 49, at Formiae:

After a long discussion, "Come along then and work for peace." "At my own discretion?" I asked. "Naturally" he answered. "Who am I to lay down rules for you?" "Well" I said, "I shall take the line that the senate does not approve of an expedition to Spain or of the transport of armies to Greece, and" I added "I shall have much to say in commiseration of Pompey." At this he protested that this was not the sort of thing he wanted said. "So I supposed" I rejoined, "but that is just why I don't want to be present. Either I must speak in that strain or stay away - and much besides which I could not possibly suppress if I were there." The upshot was that he asked me to think the matter over, as though seeking a way to end the talk. I could not refuse. On that note we parted. So I imagine that Caesar is not pleased with me. But I was pleased with myself, an experience I have not had for quite a long time.

Cicero ad Att.IX 18 (Trans. D.R. Shackleton Bailey, Penguin Classics 1978)


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