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Augustus, Chapter 54: Freedom of speech.
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|On his speaking in the senate, he has been told by one of the members, I did not understand you, and by another, I would contradict you, could I do it with safety. And sometimes, upon his being so much offended at the heat with which the debates were conducted in the senate, as to quit the house in anger, some of the members have repeatedly exclaimed: Surely, the senators ought to have liberty of speech on matters of government. Antistius Labeo, in the election of a new senate, when each, as he was named, chose another, nominated Marcus Lepidus, who had formerly been Augustus' enemy, and was then in banishment; and being asked by the latter, Is there no other person more deserving? he replied, Every man has his own opinion. Nor was any one ever molested for his freedom of speech, although it was carried to the extent of insolence.||In senatu verba facienti dictum est: "Non intellexi," et ab alio: "Contra dicerem tibi, si locum haberem." Interdum ob immodicas disceptantium altercationes e curia per iram se proripienti quidam ingesserunt licere oportere senatoribus de re p. loqui. Antistius Labeo senatus lectione, cum vir virum legeret, M. Lepidum hostem olim eius et tunc exsulantem legit interrogatusque ab eo an essent alii digniores, suum quemque iudicium habere respondit. Nec ideo libertas aut contumacia fraudi cuiquam fuit.|