de imperio: 45 translation


Now, after the disaster in Pontus had been received due to that battle about which I reluctantly warned you a little before, when our allies had grown scared, the wealth and spirits of the enemy had grown, the province did not have a sufficiently strong defence, you could have lost Asia, Romans, if the good fortune of the Roman people had not, by divine intervention, brought Cnaeus Pompeius to those regions, to the very crisis of that time. The arrival of this man both restrained Mithridates, puffed up due to his unusual victory, and held up Tigranes, who was threatening Asia with mighty forces. And will anyone doubt what he, who has achieved so much by his influence, will achieve by his excellence? Or how easily will he, who has defended with his very name and reputation, preserve the allies and the taxes with his command and his army?