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Author: Plutarch
Editor: John D. Cox
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Life of Caesar


XXXI.After that, there came other letters from Caesar, which seemed much more reasonable: in the which he requested that they would grant him Gaul that lieth between the mountains of the Alps and Italy and Illyria, with two legions only, and then that he would request nothing else; until he made suit for the second Consulship. Cicero the orator, that was newly come from the government of Cilicia, travailed to reconcile them together, and pacified Pompey the best he could: who told him he would yield to anything he would have him, so he did let him alone with his army. So Cicero persuaded Caesar's friends to be contented, to take those two provinces, and six thousand men only, that they might be friends and at peace together. Pompey very willingly yielded unto it, and granted them. But Lentulus the Consul would not agree to it, but shamefully drave Curio and Antonius out of the Senate: whereby they themselves gave Caesar a happy occasion and color as could be, stirring up his soldiers the more against them, when he showed them these two noblemen and tribunes of the people, that were driven to fly, disguised like slaves, in a carrier's cart.

Antonius and Curio, tribunes of the people, fly from Rome to Caesar.

For they were driven for fear to steal out of Rome, disguised in that manner.