Livy on the Death of Cicero
M. Cicero sub adventum triumvirorum cesserat urbe …
M. Cicero left the city upon the arrival of the commission of three men …
Primo in Tusculanum fugit; inde transversis itineribus in Formianum, ut ab Caieta navem conscensurus, proficiscitur.
First he fled to Tusculanum; thence he arrived, journeys having been crossed, to an estate near Fromiae, so that he may take a ship at Caieta.
Unde aliquotiens in altum provectu, cum modo venti adversi rettulissent, modo ipse iactationem navis … pati non posset, taedium tandem eum et fugae et vitae cepit, regressusque ad superiorem villam …
There, after advancing several times seaward, he was driven back by adverse winds, and again he found himself unable to endure the tossing of the ship on the gloomy rolling waves, and he began at length to grow weary both of flight and of life.
“Moriar,” inquit, “in patria saepe servata.”
“I will die,” he said, “in a country that I have saved many times.”
Satis constat servos fortier fideliterque paratos fuisse ad dimicandum, ipsum deponi lecticam et quietos pati sors iniqua cogeret iussisse.
It is sufficiently agreed that the slaves were prepared to fight bravely and faithfully for him, he himself rounded them up to order them to give up the litter and to suffer at rest the unjust fate.
Prominenti ex lectica praebentique immotam cervicem caput praecisum est.
As he stepped forth out of the litter and exposed his neck unchanged, his head was cut off.