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Two letters from Cicero written to his friend Atticus in the fall of the year 54 B. C. give a glimpse of the way Cæsar’s invasion of Britain looked to contemporary Romans.
9. Cicero to
Atticus 1 The outcome of the war in Britain is being awaited. For it is certain that the approaches to the island are guarded with wonderful strength. Moreover it is now known that there is not an ounce of silver in that island, nor any hope of booty except of slaves. Of these I do not believe you need expect any trained in letters, music, or poetry.
10. Cicero to
Atticus 2 I received, October 24, letters from my brother Quintus and from Cæsar, dated on the nearest shore of Britain, September 26. Britain was subdued, hostages had been received, and although no money booty had been obtained, the army was being brought back from Britain.
1 From R. Y. TYRRELL, Correspondence of Cicero, No. CXLIV.
2 From Ibid. No. CLIV.