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FRL III: ORATORY, PART 1

Greek Speech Delivered at Rhodes (F1)

F 1 Cic. Brut. 79

[Cicero:] erat isdem temporibus Ti. Gracchus P. f., qui bis consul et censor fuit, cuius est oratio Graeca apud Rhodios; quem civem cum gravem tum etiam eloquentem constat fuisse.

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On Behalf of the People of Fregellae and the Latin Colonists (F1)

In 177 BC, when Ti. Sempronius Gracchus (10) and C. Claudius Pulcher were consuls, the Latin allies complained that large numbers of their citizens had moved to Rome and the Samnites and Paelignians were worried that people from their territory had moved to Fregellae; therefore,

F 1 Cic. Brut. 170

[Cicero:] apud maiores autem nostros video disertissimum habitum ex Latio L. Papirium Fregellanum Ti.

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Greek Speech Delivered at Rhodes (F 1)

This speech might date to ca. 165/4 or 161/0 BC, when Gracchus was a member of embassies to the East (Polyb. 30.27, 30.30.7, 30.31.19–20, 31.32–33, 32.1.1–3).

F 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] In the same period there was Ti. Gracchus, Publius’ son, who was consul twice and censor; of him there is an oration in Greek given before the people of Rhodes. It is well known that he was an influential citizen and also eloquent.

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L. Papirius Fregellanus / of Fregellae (RE Papirius 19) is known only from Cicero, where he appears among the noteworthy speakers from outside Rome (F 1).

On Behalf of the People of Fregellae and the Latin Colonists (F 1)

they asked the Roman Senate to take action (Liv. 41.8.6–12). In this context Papirius might have spoken on behalf of the inhabitants of Fregellae and the Latin colonists in the Roman Senate (for contrasting interpretations see Badian 1955; Malcovati 1955).

F 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] And among our ancestors I see that L. Papirius of Fregellae was considered the most eloquent speaker

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019