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appellavit Ennius, eius autem Cethegum medullam fuisse vult, ut, quam deam in Pericli labris scripsit Eupolis sessitavisse [Eupolis, F 102 K.-A.], huius hic medullam nostrum oratorem fuisse dixerit. [60] at hic Cethegus consul cum P. Tuditano fuit bello Punico secundo quaestorque his consulibus M. Cato modo plane annis CXL ante me consulem; et id ipsum nisi unius esset Enni testimonio cognitum, hunc vetustas, ut alios fortasse multos, oblivione obruisset. illius autem aetatis qui sermo fuerit ex Naevianis scriptis intellegi potest.

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On His Achievements When Debarred from Sacrifices (F1)

F 1 Plin. HN 7.104–5

verum in his sunt quidem virtutis opera magna, sed maiora fortunae. M. Sergio, ut equidem arbitror, nemo quemquam

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which the orator is the creator, Ennius named Suada, and he wishes Cethegus to have been the marrow of that, so that of that goddess [Peitho], of whom Eupolis wrote that she had dwelt on the lips of Pericles [Eupolis, F 102 K.-A.], our orator was, he said, the marrow. [60] Now this Cethegus was consul with P. Tuditanus in the Second Punic War, and M. Cato [M. Porcius Cato (8)] was quaestor under these consuls [204 BC], only one hundred and forty years exactly before my consulship; and were that very fact not known to us by the testimony of Ennius alone, antiquity would have buried him in oblivion, as it has perhaps many others. And what the language of that period was like can be learned from the writings of Naevius.

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M. Sergius Silus (praet. 197 BC; RE Sergius 40) was a fearless general and fighter and also the great-grandfather of the conspirator L. Sergius Catilina (112).

On His Achievements When Debarred from Sacrifices (F 1)

As praetor in 197 BC, Sergius delivered a speech about his achievements, when he was debarred from sacrifices by his colleagues on account of life-changing wounds incurred during his military career.

F 1 Pliny the Elder, Natural History

But, although in these instances [the examples just mentioned] there are certainly great deeds of valor, yet there

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019