(p. 039) The wily Octavius now betrayed his party, and entered into terms with Antony and Lepidus.
Lepidus, a Man of good Sense, is a Batchellor, and never intends to marry.
And Lepidus, who loves to wonder, can have no better subject for his admiration than the pathos of the time.
Hence Cicero blames Antony for omitting this in the case of Lepidus.
Their triumvirate—duumvirate rather, Lepidus was nobody—matrimony consolidated.
Lepidus will never do what is right unless made to do so by Cicero.
Octavian betrayed his party, and came to terms with Antony and Lepidus.
And to hear that the boy had decreed his death in conjunction with Antony and Lepidus!
Lepidus, aspiring to greater power, is deserted by his soldiers and ejected from the triumvirate.
Lepidus gave up his brother to Cæsar and Antonius, who required his death.