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FRL III: ORATORY, PART 1

tus,1 {patronus}2 asper, maledicus; genere toto paulo fervidior atque commotior, diligentia tamen et virtute animi atque vita bonus auctor in senatu; idem tolerabilis patronus nec rudis in iure civili et cum virtute tum etiam ipso orationis genere liber; cuius orationes pueri legebamus, quas iam reperire vix possumus.

T 2 Cic. De or. 2.91

[Antonius:] nihil est facilius quam amictum imitari alicuius aut statum aut motum. si vero etiam vitiosi1 aliquid est, id sumere {et in eo vitiosum esse}2 non magnum est, ut ille, qui nunc etiam amissa voce furit in re publica, Fufius nervos in dicendo C. Fimbriae, quos tamen habuit ille, non adsequitur, oris pravitatem et verborum latitudinem imitatur.

in eo vitio totum Müller ed.: in eo socium Müller: in eo ipso vitiosum Ellendt: in eo ipso vitio vitiosum Bake: in eo ambitiosum Lachmann: in eo vitii similem Adler: in eo vitio summum aut vitiosissimum Orelli: in eo vitio suum Polster

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M. Iunius Brutus (RE Iunius 50) was the son of the eminent lawyer and jurist M. Iunius Brutus and was regarded as a disgrace to the family (T 1; Cic. De or. 2.125): he did not aim for political office (T 1) or a military career (Cic.

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if I may say so, muddy, harsh, and abusive; in his whole style a little too fervid and too excited; yet because of his diligence, and the vigor of his mind and his life, a good counselor in the Senate; likewise a tolerable pleader, and not unlearned in civil law; and as in his excellent nature, so also in his very style of speaking, open; when we were boys we used to read his orations, which we can now scarcely find.

T 2 Cicero, On the Orator

[Antonius:] Nothing is easier than to imitate someone’s style of dress, pose, or movement. Moreover, if there is even something faulty, it is not a big deal to appropriate that {and be faulty in that}, just as that man, who even now, though having lost his voice, is raving in the Republic, Fufius [L. Fufius (75)], fails to attain the energy in speaking of C. Fimbria, which the latter at least possessed, but imitates the distortion of his face in speaking and his broad pronunciation of the words.

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De or. 2.126); instead he sold his paternal wealth (Cic. De or. 2.126) and was active as a sharp-tongued professional prosecutor (T 1; Cic. Off. 2.50).

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019