Letter LIX: ad familiares 14.20
Venusia, Oct. 1, 47 B.C.
Cicero went to meet Caesar on his arrival at Tarentum, Sept. 24, and received permission to remain in Italy. He accordingly set out two days later for his Tusculan villa, and wrote this letter on his way thither. It is the last one extant to Terentia and makes an appropriate climax to the series of cold, formal letters which Cicero wrote to her during the course of this year. At the moment of meeting his wife after an absence of more than two years, he merely gives certain instructions in regard to the arrangement of the house, in a tone almost brutal, and quite at variance with the extreme politeness shown everywhere else, even in writing to his enemies. They were divorced a few months later.