de imperio: 34


Latin

Atque haec qua celeritate gesta sint quamquam videtis, tamen a me in dicendo praetereunda non sunt. Quis enim umquam aut obeundi negoti aut consequendi quaestus studio tam brevi tempore tot loca adire, tantos cursus conficere potuit, quam celeriter Cn. Pompeio duce tanti belli impetus navigavit? Qui nondum tempestivo ad navigandum mari Siciliam adiit, Africam exploravit; inde Sardiniam cum classe venit, atque haec tria frumentaria subsidia rei publicae firmissimis praesidiis classibusque munivit.

English

And although you see with what speed these things were done, they should not be passed over by me in speaking. For who ever, in their enthusiasm either for carrying out business or going after profit, has been able to go to so many places in so short a time, as quickly as the force of so great a war set sail with Cnaeus Pompeius as leader? He, while the sea was not yet seasonable for sailing, went to Sicily, explored Africa, came to Sardinia with his fleet, and fortified these three sources of grain for the republic with rock-solid garrisons and fleets.