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FRL III: ORATORY, PART 1

F 3 Cic. Mur. 75

= 20 F 23.

50 Q. MUCIUS SCAEVOLA AUGUR

Q. Mucius Scaevola (cos. 117 BC; RE Mucius 21) was augur from 129 BC until his death; he was called “augur” because he held this office for a long period and to distinguish him from relatives of the same name.

Scaevola was a well-respected and frequently consulted lawyer and a man familiar with philosophy, particularly Stoicism (T 1–4, 6; Cic. De or. 1.45, 1.75, 3.68; Brut. 212).

T 1 Cic. Brut. 102

[Cicero:] Mucius autem augur, quod pro se opus erat, ipse dicebat, ut de pecuniis repetundis contra T. Albucium. is oratorum in numero non fuit, iuris civilis intellegentia atque omni prudentiae genere praestitit.

T 2 Cic. Brut. 306

[Cicero:] ego autem <in>1 iuris civilis studio multum operae dabam Q. Scaevolae Q. f., qui quamquam nemini <se>2 ad docendum dabat, tamen consulentibus respondendo studiosos audiendi docebat.

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50 Q. MUCIUS SCAEVOLA AUGUR

F 3 Cicero, Pro Murena

= 20 F 23.

50 Q. MUCIUS SCAEVOLA AUGUR

Cicero trained with Scaevola (T 2; Cic. Amic. 1); Scaevola is an interlocutor in Cicero’s De re publica (Cic. Rep.1.18) and in the first book of De oratore (Cic. Att. 4.16.3).

In Cicero, Scaevola is said not to have been an outstanding orator and to have often obtained the Senate’s approval in important matters when he spoke briefly and in a fairly unpolished way (T 1, 5).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] And Mucius the augur used to speak himself as far as was necessary on his own behalf, as with regard to a charge of extortion of money against T. Albucius [64]. He was not reckoned among the orators; but in understanding of civil law and in all kinds of knowledge he was supreme.

T 2 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] In the study of civil law, however, I devoted much attention to Q. Scaevola, Quintus’ son, who, though he offered himself to nobody as a teacher, still, by the legal replies given to people consulting him, taught those eager to listen to him.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019