Excerpt from De Amicitia
In 60 the Democratic party found leaders in Caesar, Pompeius (recently returned triumphant from the war in Asia), and Crassus these formed the coalition known as the First Triumvirate. They determined to get rid of Cicero, who was too good an Optimate... to please them; and they employed for the purpose P. Clodius, an unprincipled De mocrat, and a. Tribune of the year 58 Clodius drew attention to the illegality of the execution Of the Catilina rians, overawed both Senate and Consuls by the violence Of his attitude and the presence Of his armed partisans, and ultimately compelled Cicero to go into banishment. In the next year Pompeius quarrelled with Clodius, and to spite him procured the recall of Cicero (57 who, his political activity being crippled by the Triumvirate, devoted his elo quence to the defence of his friends. In 56 he delivered his speech Pro Sestio, in 54 the Pro Planeio, and in 52 the Pro Milone. In 55 he was admitted to the College Of Augurs; and in 51 he acted as Governor of the province Of Cilicia, where he conducted with success some small military operations.
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