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FRL III: ORATORY, PART 1

6 Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS

T 1 Cic. Brut. 57

[Cicero:] Q. etiam Maximus Verrucosus orator habitus est temporibus illis et Q. Metellus, is qui bello Punico secundo cum L. Veturio Philone consul fuit.

Funeral Oration for His Father L. Caecilius Metellus (F2)

F 2 Plin. HN 7.139–40

Q. Metellus in ea oratione, quam habuit supremis laudibus patris sui L. Metelli pontificis, bis consulis, dictatoris, magistri equitum, XVviri agris dandis, qui p<lu>rimos1 elephantos ex primo Punico bello duxit in triumpho, scriptum reliquit decem maximas res optimasque, in quibus quaerendis sapientes aetatem exigerent, consummasse eum: [140] voluisse enim primarium bellatorem esse,

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6 Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS

6 Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS

Q. Caecilius Metellus (cos. 206, dictator 205 BC; RE Caecilius 81) was active during the Second Punic War and is recognized as an early orator in Cicero (T 1).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] Q. Maximus Verrucosus [Q. Fabius Maximus Verrucosus Cunctator (3), T 1], too, was accounted an orator in those times, and Q. Metellus, who was consul during the Second Punic War with L. Veturius Philo [206 BC].

Funeral Oration for His Father L. Caecilius Metellus (F 2)

In 221 BC Caecilius delivered the funeral oration for his father L. Caecilius Metellus (cos. 251, 247, dictator 224 BC), which he seems to have written up (CCMR, App. A: 110; see Kierdorf 1980, 10–21).

F 2 Pliny the Elder, Natural History

Q. Metellus, in that oration that he delivered for the final eulogy of his father L. Metellus—pontifex, twice consul, dictator, master of the horse, and quindecimvir for the assignation of land, who led a great number of elephants in a triumph on account of the First Punic War [in 250 BC]—has left it in writing that he [his father] had achieved the ten greatest and highest objects in the pursuit of which wise men pass their lives: [140] for he had wished to be a

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019