Cicero, on Pompey's Command (de Imperio), 27-49: Latin Text, Study AIDS with Vocabulary, Commentary, and Translation by Ingo Gildenhard
English | Sep. 4, 2014 | ISBN: 1783740779 | 296 Pages | PDF | 2 MB
In republican times, one of Rome's deadliest enemies was King Mithridates of Pontus. In 66 BCE, after decades of inconclusive struggle, the tribune Manilius proposed a bill that would give supreme command in the war against Mithridates to Pompey the Great, who had just swept the Mediterranean clean of another menace: the pirates. While powerful aristocrats objected to the proposal, which would endow Pompey with unprecedented powers, the bill proved hugely popular among the people, and one of the praetors, Marcus Tullius Cicero, also hastened to lend it his support.