Cicero's "In Catilinam" First Speech Translation Essay

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Chapter I.
1. I ask you, Catiline, how far will you abuse our patience? For how much longer still will that madness of yours mock us? To what limit will that unrestrained audacity of yours display itself? Hasn’t the nightly garrison on the Palatine moved you at all, nor the patrols of the city, nor the fear of the people, nor the gatherings of all good men, nor this most fortified place for holding the senate, nor the faces and expressions of these men? Do you not realize that your plans lie exposed? Do you not see that your conspiracy is already being kept restricted by the knowledge of all these men? Which of us do you think does not know what you did last night, what you did the night before, where you were, whom you assembled and what
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6. As long as there will be anyone who dares to defend you, you will live, but you will live in such a way as you are living (now), besest by my many strong guards, so that you cannot make any move against the republic. The eyes and ears of many men will still be watching you and guarding you without you realizing it, just as they have done til now.

Chapter III.
For what is it, Catiline, which now you are further waiting for, if neither night, with its darkness can conceal you wicked meetings, nor can a private house with its walls contain the voices of your conspiracy? What if everything is brought to light, if everything burst forth? Now change that mind, trust me; forget the slaughter and the fires. You are restrained on all sides, all your plans are clearer to us than light, which now you may review with me.
7. Do you remember me saying in the senate twelve days before the Kalends of November (21st of October) that Gaius Manlius, the associate and servant of your audacity, would be under arms on a certain day, and that would be six days before the Kalends of November, Surely, not only, did so great a matter, Catiline, not escape my notice, so savage and so extraordinary a matter escape my notice, truly that which is much more amazing, the day did not escape my notice. I said the same thing in the senate, that you had assigned the

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