T 1 Cic. Brut. 135

[Cicero:] Q. etiam Caepio, vir acer et fortis, cui fortuna belli crimini, invidia populi calamitati fuit.

Before the Tribunes of the People on the Loss of His Army (F2)

F 2 Rhet. Her. 1.24

concessio est, cum reus postulat ignosci. ea dividitur in purgationem et deprecationem. purgatio est, cum consulto negat se reus fecisse. ea dividitur in inprudentiam, fortunam, necessitatem: fortunam, ut Caepio ad tr. pl. de exercitus amissione ...


Q. Lutatius Catulus (cos. 102 BC; RE Lutatius 7), who became consul at the fourth attempt (with C. Marius), fought against the Cimbri (Germanic tribe), celebrating a triumph afterward (on his life see FRHist1:271–72). He first cooperated with C. Marius; later, however, the two men fell out. During the civil war in 87 BC, Catulus was prosecuted on a capital charge by M. Marius Gratidianus (tr. pl. 87 BC) and took his own life under pressure from C. Marius (TLRR 115; Val. Max. 9.12.4; Vell. Pat. 2.22.3–4; Cic. Tusc. 5.56; De or. 3.9; Brut. 307; Nat. D. 3.80; Diod. Sic. 39.4.2–3; Plut. Mar. 44.8; App. B Civ. 1.74.341–42; Flor. 2.9.15; August. De civ. D. 3.27).



T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] Also Q. Caepio [was held to be among the eloquent speakers], an energetic and brave man, for whom the fortunes of war resulted in a charge and odium of the People in ruin.

Before the Tribunes of the People on the Loss of His Army (F 2)

F 2 Rhetorica ad Herennium

The acknowledgment is when the defendant asks for pardon. It is divided into the exculpation and the plea for mercy. The exculpation is when the defendant denies that he acted with intent. It is divided into ignorance, chance, and necessity: chance, like Caepio before the Tribunes of the People on the loss of his army ...


Catulus is described as a learned and upright man and a well-regarded speaker (T 1–2; Cic. Rab. perd. 26; Mur. 36; Planc. 12; De or. 2.234); he is praised in Cicero for his education, pure Latinity, elegant diction, occasional archaisms, and pleasant tone of voice (T 1–4; Cic. De or. 3.42, 3.153; Off. 1.133; cf. Quint. Inst. 11.3.35). He is made to say that he achieved successes by soothing the judges (Cic. De or. 2.74). Catulus was familiar with Greek literature (Cic. De or. 2.19–20, 2.151, 3.187); he was a follower of the Greek philosopher Carneades (Cic. Acad. 2.148) and a friend of the poets Antipater of Sidon, Archias, and A. Furius (T 1; Cic. De or. 3.194; Arch. 6); he had educated

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019