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Tell him I have thought the matter over and I shall be delighted to appear beside him in defense of Gaius Rabirius.
Was that a reason why Gaius Rabirius should desert the republic and disobey the command and authority of the consul?
According to Cicero, only one man remained calm and that was Gaius Rabirius, rocking back and forth on his bench, alone on the deserted platform amid the chaos, his eyes closed, humming to himself some strange and discordant tune.
[- 26 -] Titus Labienus, however, by indicting Gaius Rabirius for the murder of Saturninus caused them the greatest disorder.
Dio's Rome, Volume 2 An Historical Narrative Originally Composed in Greek During the Reigns of Septimius Severus, Geta and Caracalla, Macrinus, Elagabalus and Alexander Severus; and Now Presented in English Form. Second Volume Extant Books 36-44 (B.C. 69-44).
“You maintain,” continued Cicero, “that Gaius Rabirius killed Lucius Saturninus, a charge which Quintus Hortensius, in the course of his most ample defense, has proved to be false.
“Although it is not my habit, fellow citizens,” he said, “to begin a speech by explaining why I am appearing on behalf of a particular individual, nonetheless, in defending the life, the honor, and the fortunes of Gaius Rabirius I consider it my duty to lay before you an explanation.