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FRL III: ORATORY, PART 1

69 CN. DOMITIUS AHENOBARBUS

Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus (cos. 96, censor 92 BC; RE Domitius 21), when Tribune of the People in 104 (or perhaps 103) BC, proposed a law transferring the election of priests from the colleges to the People (Lex Domitia de sacerdotiis: LPPR, p.329); he was pontifex maximus from 103 BC until his death. When censor with L. Licinius

T 1 Cic. Brut. 165

[Cicero:] hoc loco ipsum Domitium non relinquo. nam etsi non fuit in oratorum numero, tamen pono satis in eo fuisse orationis atque ingeni, quo et magistratus personam et consularem dignitatem tueretur ...

T 2 Cic. De or. 2.230

[Antonius:] erat autem tanta in Domitio gravitas, tanta auctoritas, ut, quod esset ab eo obiectum, lepore magis elevandum quam contentione frangendum videretur.

Against M. Aemilius Scaurus (F3–4)

As Tribune of the People, Ahenobarbus spoke against M. Aemilius Scaurus (43); he alleged that the latter had not looked after cult practices properly (TLRR 68; Cic. Deiot.

F 3 Cic. Scaur. F I(c)

subiit etiam populi iudicium inquirente Cn. Domitio tribuno plebis.

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69 CN. DOMITIUS AHENOBARBUS

69 CN. DOMITIUS AHENOBARBUS

Crassus (66), Ahenobarbus issued an edict forbidding the activity of Latin rhetoricians in the city (Cic. De or. 3.93; Tac. Dial. 35.1; Gell. NA 15.11.2; Suet. Gram. et rhet. 25.2). In Cicero, Ahenobarbus is assigned dignity and some ability in speaking (T 1–2).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] At this point I am not passing over Domitius himself. For even though he was not among the orators, still I assert that he had sufficient eloquence and talent to sustain the role of a magistrate and the rank of a consular ...

T 2 Cicero, On the Orator

[Antonius:] Yet there was such dignity, such distinction about Domitius that it seemed fitting that what had been charged by him should rather be made light of by pleasantry than be shattered by force.

Against M. Aemilius Scaurus (F 3–4)

31; Val. Max. 6.5.5; Cass. Dio 27, F 92; on problems in Asconius’ account, see Marshall 1985, 129–33).

F 3 Cicero, Pro Scauro

He [Scaurus] also underwent trial before the People when Cn. Domitius, a Tribune of the People, was making judicial inquiries.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019