magis antiquitatem, si ita sonet, eorum sermo retinere videatur; ut tuus, Catule, sodalis L. Cotta gaudere mihi videtur gravitate linguae sonoque vocis agresti, et illud, quod loquitur, priscum visum iri putat, si plane fuerit rusticanum.... [46] quare Cotta noster, cuius tu illa lata, Sulpici, nonnunquam imitaris ut Iota litteram tollas et E plenissimum dicas, non mihi oratores antiquos, sed messores videtur imitari.


Sex. Titius (tr. pl. 99 BC; RE Titius 23) shared the political views of L. Appuleius Saturninus (64A) and proposed an agrarian law in his year as Tribune of the People (Lex Titia de agris dividundis: LPPR, p.333; cf. Val. Max. 8.1.damn.3). M. Antonius (65), consul in the same year, was opposed to Titius and gave evidence when Titius was

T 1 Cic. Brut. 225

[Cicero:] quos Sex. Titius consecutus <est>1 homo loquax sane et satis acutus, sed tam solutus2 et mollis in gestu ut saltatio quaedam nasceretur cui saltationi Titius nomen esset.



certain people, so that, if their speech is in this tone, it may seem to preserve a greater flavor of antiquity; just as your friend L. Cotta, Catulus [Q. Lutatius Catulus (63)], appears to me to delight in his heavy tongue and the coarse tone of his voice, and thinks that what he says will seem to have a flavor of former times if it is completely rustic.... [46] Consequently, our Cotta, whose broad [way of speaking] you occasionally imitate, Sulpicius [P. Sulpicius Rufus (76)], in dropping the letter I and pronouncing E at its fullest length, is, in my view, imitating not the orators of the past but harvesters.


taken to court after their year of office (65 F 18; TLRR 80). A witty verbal exchange between the two men is attested (F 2). In Cicero’s survey of orators, Titius is singled out because of the way in which he moved his body when speaking (T 1).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] Sex. Titius followed these men [L. Appuleius Saturninus (64A) and C. Servilius Glaucia (58b), continued from 58b T 1], a loquacious individual and certainly acute, but so languid and lax in his bodily movement that a kind of dance came into vogue that had the name “Titius.”

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019