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FRL III: ORATORY, PART 1

On His Own Behalf Concerning Extortion (F7A)

The only oration by Scaevola for which occasion and content are known is a speech in self-defense against the charge of extortion, delivered against T. Albucius. T. Albucius (64) accused Scaevola when the latter returned from

F 7A Cic. Brut. 102

= T 1.

51 C. TITIUS

C. Titius (RE Titius 7) was an orator of the second century BC (Fronto, Ad M. Caes. 1.7 [p.15.12 van den Hout]). Cicero associates him with the period of M. Antonius (65) and L. Licinius Crassus (66) (T 1) and notes that the playwright L. Afranius (fl. ca. 160–120 BC) imitated Titius (Cic. Brut. 167), while Macrobius describes him as a man of the time of the satirist Lucilius (F 2). Thus, Titius presumably was an older contemporary of Antonius and Crassus, and active around the middle of the second cen-

T 1 Cic. Brut. 167

[Cicero:] eiusdem fere temporis fuit eques Romanus C. Titius, qui meo iudicio eo pervenisse videtur quo potuit fere Latinus orator sine Graecis litteris et sine multo usu pervenire. huius orationes tantum argutiarum, tantum exemplorum, tantum urbanitatis habent, ut paene Attico

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51 C. TITIUS

On His Own Behalf Concerning Extortion (F 7A)

his praetorship in Asia in 119 BC; Scaevola was not found guilty (Cic. De or. 2.281; cf. 65 F 15) (TLRR 32). The satirist Lucilius composed a parody of this incident (Lucil. book 2; cf. Cic. Orat. 149; Fin. 1.9).

F 7A Cicero, Brutus

= T 1.

51 C. TITIUS

tury BC (for a recent discussion of Titius’ dates and the time of the attested speech, see Cavarzere 2018; on the fragments and ways of approaching them, see Dugan 2018).

Titius is described as an impressive orator in Cicero because of his refined style, particularly in view of his lack of Greek education and of practice (T 1). Titius also composed tragedies (T 1; cf. TrRF1:139).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] Of about the same time [roughly the period of M. Antonius (65) and L. Licinius Crassus (66)] was the Roman knight C. Titius, who, in my judgment, seems to have achieved as much as a Latin orator could generally achieve without acquaintance with Greek letters and without much practical experience. His orations have such an amount of refinements of expression, such a wealth of examples, such a great deal of urbanity that they seem

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019