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FRL III: ORATORY, PART 1

5 M. CLAUDIUS MARCELLUS

Funeral Oration for His Father M. Claudius Marcellus (F1)

Marcellus delivered the funeral oration for his father (CCMR, App. A: 127; Kierdorf 1980, 108), when the latter fell in an ambush near Venusia (modern Venosa) in 208 BC

F 1 Liv. 27.27.12–14

multos circa unam rem ambitus fecerim si quae de Marcelli morte variant auctores omnia exsequi velim. [13] ut omittam alios, Coelius triplicem gestae rei <mem>oriam1 edit, unam traditam fama, alteram scriptam laudationem2 filii qui rei gestae interfuerit, tertiam quam ipse pro inquisita ac sibi comperta adfert. [14] ceterum ita fama variat ut tamen plerique loci speculandi causa castris egressum, omnes insidiis circumventum tradant.

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5 M. CLAUDIUS MARCELLUS

5 M. CLAUDIUS MARCELLUS

M. Claudius Marcellus (cos. 196, censor 189 BC; RE Claudius 222) was the son of the M. Claudius Marcelluswho was consul five times and conquered Syracuse in 212 BC.

Funeral Oration for His Father M. Claudius Marcellus (F 1)

during his last consulship (Polyb. 10.32; Plut. Marc. 29–30; Liv. 27.26–27). In 205 BC the son dedicated the Temple of Virtus vowed and begun by his father (Liv. 29.11.13).

F 1 Livy, History of Rome

I would be making many twists and turns around a single matter, if I wished to go through everything in which writers differ concerning the death of Marcellus. [13] Not to mention others, Coelius [L. Coelius Antipater, Roman historian at end of 2nd cent. BC; FRHist 15] provides a threefold record of the event: one as transmitted by tradition, a second the eulogy, written down, by the son, who was present at the event, a third that he himself adds as investigated and discovered by him. [14] In any case, the reports vary in such a way that, still, most writers relate that he [Marcellus] left the camp to explore the locality and all that he was overwhelmed by an ambush.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019