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FRL III: ORATORY, PART 1

veniat, Quirites, ex aere alieno in hac civitate et in aliis omnibus propter diem atque fenus saepissimam discordiam fuisse.”

Unplaced Fragment (F3)

F 3 Fest., p.142.4–12 L.

magni|ficius pro magnificentius usurp⌋avit1 Cato ... at nepos eius, | in ea [– – –]2 tamen,” ait, “cum aedilis | [–––] tris ludos magni | [– – –]”3

42 M. LIVIUS DRUSUS

M. Livius Drusus (cos. 112, censor 109 BC; RE Livius 17), the father of M. Livius Drusus (72), fought in Macedonia and Thrace as consul and proconsul and celebrated a triumph upon his return; he died while censor.

T 1 Cic. Brut. 109

[Cicero:] M. Drusus C. f., qui in tribunatu C. Gracchum conlegam iterum tribunum fregit,1 vir et oratione gravis et auctoritate . . .

T 2 Plut. C. Gracch. 29(8).5

ἦν γὰρ εἷς τῶν τοῦ Γαΐου συναρχόντων Λίβιος Δροῦσος,

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your minds, Romans, that, on account of debt, in this community and in all others, because of a fixed date for interest [payments], there has been the most frequent discord.”

Unplaced Fragment (F 3)

F 3 Festus

magnificius [“more splendidly”; old form of comparative], <instead of magnificentius [usual form of comparative],> was what Cato [M. Porcius Cato (8)] used ... but his grandson in that [speech] ... said: “...still, when the aedile ... [organized] the games of <Magna Ma>ter more <splendidly> [?]...”

42 M. LIVIUS DRUSUS

Drusus is described as a respected orator and personality (T 1–2; Diod. Sic. 37.10.1).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] M. Drusus, Gaius’ son, who, in his Tribunate [122 BC], crushed C. Gracchus [C. Sempronius Gracchus (48)], his colleague, Tribune for a second time, was a respected man as regards both eloquence and prestige...

T 2 Plutarch, Life of Gaius Gracchus

For one of the colleagues of Gaius [C. Sempronius Gracchus (48)] was Livius Drusus, a man not inferior to any

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019