This is from Suetonius, Divus Augustus, Chapter 27, right at the beginning. The first sentence I understand:
"Triumviratum rei p. constituendae per decem annos administravit; in quo restitit quidem aliquamdiu collegis ne qua fieret proscriptio, sed inceptam utroque acerbius exercuit."
But immediately following is one that baffles me. Since I have an English translation, I know what others think it means, but I can't see the grammar.
"Namque illis in multorum saepe personam per gratiam et preces exorabilibus solus magno opere contendit ne cui parceretur, proscripsitque etiam C. Toranium tutorem suum, eundem collegam patris sui Octavi in aedilitate."
For in fact, against the other two triumvirs ["illis"], often subject to personal influence and prayers for clemency, he contended, to make sure that one [on the proscription list] would not be spared; he even proscribed C. Toranius, his guardian and a colleague with his [ Augustus's] father in the aedileship.
What is the position of "multorum" in this sentence? What is the complement of this genitive plural.
Is "personam per gratiam" and idiom? Is is a noun "personam" used as if an adjective?
What is the place of the preposition "in"? Is it's object "illis"?
I have to consult translations frequently on Suetonius.