Today’s word is – SATELLITE. A SATELLITE is a BODYGUARD, FOLLOWER, ACCOMPLICE IN CRIME. The Latin word – SATELLES, SATELLITIS – means BODYGUARD.
Before Caesar came to prominence, Cicero was a Consul of Rome. Many people thought his taxes were outrageous and many decided to start a revolt against him. The leader of this revolt was Catiline. During the battle against Cicero, Catiline was killed. Cicero then threw all of his followers in jail, deeming that if they were accomplices of Catiline’s crime, then they too were guilty. He called these accomplices SATELLITES. He decided that because they were accomplices in Catiline’s crime, he would execute all of them, even though this overstepped his power as a consul.