de imperio: 42


Iam quantum consilio, quantum dicendi gravitate et copia valeat,—in quo ipso inest quaedam dignitas imperatoria,—vos, Quirites, hoc ipso ex loco saepe cognovistis. Fidem vero eius quantam inter socios existimari putatis, quam hostes omnes omnium generum sanctissimam iudicarint? Humanitate iam tanta est, ut difficile dictu sit utrum hostes magis virtutem eius pugnantes timuerint, an mansuetudinem victi dilexerint. Et quisquam dubitabit quin huic hoc tantum bellum transmittendum sit, qui ad omnia nostrae memoriae bella conficienda divino quodam consilio natus esse videatur?


Now you have often learned from this very place, Romans, how capable he is in political wisdom, how capable he is in his authority and fluency in speaking – and in this very skill there is a certain authority of a general. Indeed, to what extent do you think his loyalty is valued among our allies, which all enemies of every kind judge to be absolutely inviolable? Now he has such great humanity that it is difficult to say whether the enemy, while fighting, feared his bravery more than they delighted in his clemency when they were defeated. And will anyone doubt that this important war should be entrusted to him, who seems to have been born due to some divine plan to end all the wars of our time?