Caesar Threatens Metellus: Plutarch, Caesar 35

“When Metellus and some of his partisans stood in Caesar’s way, Caesar held out and threatened to kill him, if he did not stand down. He added, ‘And you know, boy, that it is harder for me to say that than to do it.'”

αὖθις δ’ ἐνισταμένου τοῦ Μετέλλου καί τινων ἐπαινούντων, διατεινάμενος ἠπείλησεν ἀποκτενεῖν αὐτόν, εἰ μὴ παύσαιτο παρενοχλῶν· „καὶ τοῦτ’” ἔφη „μειράκιον οὐκ ἀγνοεῖς ὅτι μοι δυσκολώτερον  ἦν εἰπεῖν ἢ πρᾶξαι.”

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