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FRL III: ORATORY, PART 1

47 C. SCRIBONIUS CURIO AVUS

C. Scribonius Curio (praet. ca. 121 BC; RE Scribonius 9) was the father and then the grandfather of two politicians and orators of the same name (86 + 170; cf. T 4; F 7; on these three orators see Rosillo López 2013).

T 1 Cic. Brut. 122–24 (cf. F 6)

[Cicero:] “Curio fuit igitur eiusdem aetatis fere sane inlustris orator, cuius de ingenio ex orationibus eius existimari potest: sunt enim et aliae et pro Ser. Fulvio de incestu nobilis oratio....” [123] ... [124] “...scripsit etiam alia non nulla et multa dixit et illustria et1 in numero patronorum fuit, ut eum mirer, cum et vita suppeditavisset et splendor ei non defuisset, consulem non fuisse....”

T 2 Cic. De or. 2.98

[Antonius:] ... vester aequalis Curio, patre mea sententia vel eloquentissimo temporibus illis . . .

T 3 Sen. Ep.114.13

= 1 T 1.

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47 C. SCRIBONIUS CURIO AVUS

47 C. SCRIBONIUS CURIO AVUS

In Cicero’s works Curio is described as an active and highly regarded orator in his time. Some of his speeches survived into the age of Cicero; by then they were hardly read any more and were regarded as not too sophisticated (T 1–2; F 6).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus (cf. F 6)

[Cicero:] “Curio, then, was quite a distinguished orator of about the same time [of the Gracchi]; his talent can be judged from his orations: for there are others and in particular the well-known speech for Ser. Fulvius on the charge of sexual impurity....” [123] ... [124] “...He wrote several other things, he gave many distinguished speeches, and he was prominent among the pleaders; accordingly, I am wondering, since his life lasted for a long time and also personal distinction was not lacking, that he never was consul....”

T 2 Cicero, On the Orator

[Antonius:] ... Curio [C. Scribonius Curio (86)], your contemporary, whose father, in my view, was even the most eloquent in that period...

T 3 Seneca, Epistles

= 1 T 1.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019