Letter LXXI: ad familiares 13.72
Rome (?), 46 B.C.
P. Servilius Vatia Isauricus (the younger man of that name), to whom Cicero addressed Fam. 13.66-72, was in 46 B.C.
proconsul of Asia. He had been praetor in 54 B.C.
, and consul in 48 B.C.
, and was an active and influential member of the party of the Optimates. He apparently belonged to the extreme wing of that party, as he is classed by Cicero with Bibulus, Curio, and Favonius (Ep. XVI. 2). He was Cicero's colleague in the college of augurs.
Caerelliae: a woman, probably about Cicero's own age, of whom we hear little up to the last few years of Cicero's life, when an intimate friendship sprung up between them. In Att. 13.21.5. Cicero calls the attention of Atticus to the fact that Caerellia succeeded in getting a copy of the de Finibus from the copyists of Atticus before the book was published. She attempted as a common friend to bring about a reconciliation between Cicero and Publilia (cf. Att. 14.19.4; Att. 15.1.4). Of Cicero's letters to her only this fragment is preserved: haec (sc. Caesaris tempora) aut animo Catonis ferenda sunt aut Ciceronis stomacho (Quint. 6.3.112).