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FRL III: ORATORY, PART 1

2 C. MARCIUS RUTILUS CENSORINUS

On Censorial Power to the People (F1)

When elected censor for the second time, Censorinus delivered a speech criticizing the People for that decision (CCMR, App. A: 108) and supported a law forbidding

F 1 Val. Max. 4.1.3

par Furio moderatione Marcius Rutil{i}us1 Censorinus: iterum enim censor creatus ad contionem populum vocatum quam potuit gravissima oratione corripuit, quod eam potestatem bis sibi detulisset, cuius maiores, quia nimis magna videretur, tempus coartandum iudicassent. uterque recte, et Censorinus et populus: alter enim ut moderate honores crederent praecepit, alter se moderato credidit.

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2 C. MARCIUS RUTILUS CENSORINUS

2 C. MARCIUS RUTILUS CENSORINUS

C. Marcius Rutilus Censorinus (tr. pl. 311, cos. 310, pontifex et augur 300, censor 294, 265 BC; RE Marcius 98) was censor twice and therefore was the first in his family to bear the cognomen Censorinus (cf. also Plut. Cor. 1.1).

On Censorial Power to the People (F 1)

reelection to the censorship (Plut. Cor. 1.1; Lex de censura non iteranda: LPPR, p.244).

F 1 Valerius Maximus, Memorable Doings and Sayings

Equal to Furius [M. Furius Camillus] in moderation was Marcius Rutilus Censorinus: for, when elected censor for the second time, he summoned the People to a public meeting and rebuked them in as stern a speech as he possibly could since they had conferred upon him twice that power whose duration their ancestors had thought proper to be curtailed because it seemed too great. Each was in the right, both Censorinus and the People: for the former advised them to entrust offices moderately, the latter entrusted itself to a man of moderation.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019