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FRL III: ORATORY, PART 1

39 D. IUNIUS BRUTUS CALLAICUS

D. Iunius Brutus Callaicus (cos. 138 BC; RE Iunius 57) was a friend of the poet Accius and a successful general, fighting against the Lusitanians and the Callaici and then celebrating a triumph (Cic. Arch. 27; Val. Max. 8.14.2).

Cicero records that he heard from Accius that Brutus

T 1 Cic. Brut. 107

[Cicero:] vester etiam D. Brutus M. filius, ut ex familiari eius L. Accio poeta sum audire solitus, et dicere non inculte solebat et erat cum litteris Latinis tum etiam Graecis ut temporibus illis eruditus. quae tribuebat idem Accius etiam Q. Maximo L. Paulli nepoti ...

40 M. FULVIUS FLACCUS

M. Fulvius Flaccus (cos. 125, tr. pl. 122 BC; RE Fulvius 58) was a supporter of the brothers Gracchi (34 + 48) andserved on the committee to implement the Gracchan agrarian laws; he died in 121 BC in the conflict with consul L. Opimius in the aftermath of the Gracchan initia-

T 1 Cic. Brut. 108

[Cicero:] erat in aliquo numero etiam M. Fulvius Flaccus et C. Cato, Africani sororis filius, mediocres oratores; etsi Flacci scripta sunt, sed ut studiosi litterarum.

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39 D. IUNIUS BRUTUS CALLAICUS

was a refined speaker and learned in both Greek and Latin literature (T 1). As consul, along with his colleague P. Cornelius Scipio Nasica Serapio (38), Brutus was asked by the Senate to investigate the crimes in the Silan forest (cf. 19 F 16) (TLRR 10).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] Your D. Brutus, Marcus’ son, too, as I used to hear from his friend L. Accius the poet, used to speak not without refinement and was, for that time, well versed in both Latin and even Greek letters. That praise the same Accius also assigned to Q. Maximus [Q. Fabius Maximus Allobrogicus (49)], L. Paullus’ [L. Aemilius Paullus (12)] grandson...

40 M. FULVIUS FLACCUS

tives. Fulvius prosecuted P. Cornelius Scipio Nasica Serapio (38 F 5) (TLRR 18).

Writings of Fulvius were extant in Cicero’s time: it is acknowledged that they show his devotion to literature, while he is regarded as an orator of moderate quality (T1).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] There were held of some account also M. Fulvius Flaccus and C. Cato [C. Porcius Cato, cos. 114 BC], son of Africanus’ sister, orators of moderate quality. And yet writings of Flaccus are extant, but they are those of a student of letters.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019