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avium atque altilium qui edint, eos palatum <non>5 habere. si proportione pergit luxuria crescere, quid relinquitur, nisi uti delibari sibi cenas iubeant, ne edendo defetigentur, quando stratus auro, argento, purpura amplior aliquot hominibus quam dis inmortalibus adornatur?”

53 C. SULPICIUS GALBA

C. Sulpicius Galba (RE Sulpicius 51), a son of Ser. Sulpicius Galba (19), became a member of the Gracchan land commission in 121 BC after the deaths of C. Sempronius Gracchus (48) and M. Fulvius Flaccus (40).

Under the Lex Mamilia de coniuratione Iugurthina

On His Own Behalf (F1)

F 1 Cic. Brut. 127

[Cicero:] huic successit aetati C. Galba,1 Servi illius2 eloquentissimi viri filius, P. Crassi eloquentis et iuris periti gener. laudabant hunc patres nostri, favebant etiam propter patris memoriam, sed cecidit in cursu. nam rogatione Mamilia, Iugurthinae coniurationis invidia, cum pro sese ipse dixisset, oppressus est. exstat eius peroratio, qui epilogus dicitur; qui tanto in honore pueris nobis erat ut eum etiam edisceremus. hic, qui in conlegio sacerdotum esset, primus post Romam conditam iudicio publico est condemnatus.

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that those who eat the upper parts of such birds and fatted fowl have <no> taste. If luxury continues to increase in this proportion, what remains but that men should ask for part of their feasts to be removed, so that they may not fatigue themselves by feeding, when the couch is more profusely adorned with gold, silver, and purple for some mortals than for the immortal gods?”

53 C. SULPICIUS GALBA

(LPPR, p.324), put forward by the Tribune of the People C. Mamilius Limetanus in 109 BC (Sall. Iug. 40), Galba was accused of having accepted money from King Jugurtha; despite the speech in his own defense, he was found guilty and went into exile (TLRR 52).

On His Own Behalf (F 1)

F 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] Upon this period followed C. Galba, son of Servius [Ser. Sulpicius Galba (19)], that very eloquent man, and son-in-law of P. Crassus [P. Licinius Crassus Dives Mucianus (31)], also eloquent and an expert in law. Our fathers praised him [Galba]; they liked him too for the memory of his father, but he fell on the path. For he was convicted as a result of the proposal of Mamilius, through odium aroused in relation to a conspiracy with Jugurtha, though he had spoken in his own defense. His peroration, which is called epilogue, is extant; it was held in such honor when we were boys that we even learned it by heart. He was the first man since the foundation of Rome, though belonging to a priestly college, to be found guilty by a public court of law.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019