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FRL III: ORATORY, PART 1

On M. Antonius (F2)

F 2 Cic. De or. 2.265

= 65 F 36.

68 M. DURONIUS

M. Duronius (tr. pl. 97 BC [or slightly earlier]; RE Duronius 3), when Tribune of the People, argued (CCMR, App. A: 215) for the abolition of a law limiting luxury at dinner parties (Lex Licinia sumptuaria: LPPR, pp.327–28; Lex Duronia de lege Licinia sumptuaria abroganda:

On the Abolition of a Sumptuary Law (F1)

F 1 Val. Max. 2.9.5

M. autem Antonius et L. Flaccus censores Duronium senatu moverunt, quod legem de coercendis conviviorum sumptibus latam tribunus plebi abrogaverat. mirifica notae causa: quam enim impudenter Duronius rostra conscendit illa dicturus: “freni sunt iniecti vobis, Quirites, nullo modo perpetiendi. adligati et constricti estis amaro vinculo servitutis: lex enim lata est quae vos esse frugi iubet. abrogemus igitur istud horridae vetustatis rubigine obsitum imperium: etenim quid opus libertate, si volentibus luxu perire non licet?”

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68 M. DURONIUS

On M. Antonius (F 2)

F 2 Cicero, On the Orator

= 65 F 36.

68 M. DURONIUS

LPPR, pp.334–35). In response, the censors M. Antonius (65) and L. Valerius Flaccus (97 BC) expelled Duronius from the Senate. Thereupon, he accused M. Antonius of ambitus, but without success (71 F 1A; TLRR 83).

On the Abolition of a Sumptuary Law (F 1)

F 1 Valerius Maximus, Memorable Doings and Sayings

And the censors [97 BC] M. Antonius [65] and L. Flaccus [L. Valerius Flaccus] expelled Duronius from the Senate because, as Tribune of the Plebs, he had revoked a law passed to limit money spent on dinner parties. A remarkable reason for a stigma: for how impudently does Duronius ascend the Rostra to speak as follows: “Bridles have been laid upon you, Romans, in no way tolerable. You have been bound and tied with a galling chain of slavery: for a law has been passed that orders you to be frugal. Let us then revoke that regulation, overlaid with the rust of rugged antiquity. For indeed, what use is liberty if those who want to are not allowed to go to perdition through luxury?”

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019