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incestu nobilis oratio. nobis quidem pueris haec omnium optima putabatur, quae vix iam comparet in hac turba novorum voluminum.” [123] ... [124] “atqui haec,” inquam, “de incestu laudata oratio puerilis est locis multis: de amore, de tormentis, de rumore loci sane inanes, verum tamen nondum tritis nostrorum hominum auribus nec erudita civitate tolerabiles....”

F 7 Schol. Bob. ad Cic. Clod. et Cur. (p.85.17–19 Stangl)

nam tres illis temporibus Curiones inlustri nomine extiterunt atque ita in libris adhuc feruntur: Curio avus qui Servium Fulvium incesti reum defendit . . .

F 8 Cic. Inv. rhet. 1.80

quod pro credibili sumptum erit, infirmabitur si ... id, quod raro fit, fieri omnino negatur, ut Curio pro Fulvio: “nemo potest uno aspectu neque praeteriens in amorem incidere.”

Cf. Rhet. Her. 2.33.

48 C. SEMPRONIUS GRACCHUS

C. Sempronius Gracchus (trib. pl. 123, 122 BC; RE Sempronius 47) was the younger brother of Ti. Sempronius Gracchus (34) and the son of Ti. Sempronius Gracchus (10). In 133 BC C. Gracchus was a member of his brother’s agrarian commission; later, he became quaestor and

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impurity. When we were boys, this was considered the best of all; now it is hardly visible in this mass of new volumes.” [123] ... [124] “But this much praised oration on sexual impurity,” I [Cicero] said, “is puerile in many places: about love, about torture, about rumor, worthless passages indeed, and yet, when the ears of our people were not yetpracticed and the public untrained, they were tolerable....”

F 7 Scholia Bobiensia to Cicero, Against Clodius and Curio

For in those times there were three men called Curio with an illustrious name, and they are still referred to in the books thus: Curio the grandfather, who defended Servius Fulvius accused of sexual impurity...

F 8 Cicero, On Invention

What is adduced as credible will be weakened if ... what rarely happens is declared never to happen at all, as Curio [does in the speech] on behalf of Fulvius: “No one can fall in love at first sight or as he is passing by.”

48 C. SEMPRONIUS GRACCHUS

then Tribune of the People for 123 and 122 BC. As Tribune, he proposed a number of “popular” laws and died in the struggle with the nobility in 121 BC (on his life, see Plut. C. Gracch.; on the lives of the Gracchi, see Stockton 1979, on C. Gracchus’ speeches, pp.217–25; Sciarrino 2007,

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019