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FRL III: ORATORY, PART 1

T 1 Cic. Brut. 108

[Cicero:] tum etiam P. Lentulus ille princeps ad rem publicam dumtaxat quod opus esset satis habuisse eloquentiae dicitur ...

Against M’. Aquillius (F2)

F 2 Cic. Div. Caec. 69

cuius consuetudinis atque instituti patres maioresque nostros non paenitebat tum cum P. Lentulus, is qui princeps senatus fuit, accusabat M’. Aquillium subscriptore C. Rutilio Rufo ...

16 L. CORNELIUS LENTULUS LUPUS

L. Cornelius Lentulus Lupus (cos. 156, censor 147, princeps senatus from 131 BC; RE Cornelius 224) was sufficiently notorious to be mocked by the satirist Lucilius (Lucil. 784–90 Marx). After his consulship Lentulus was

T 1 Cic. Brut. 79

[Cicero:] ...habitum eloquentem aiunt ... dicunt etiam L. Lentulum, qui cum C. Figulo consul fuit.

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T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] Then too, P. Lentulus, that leader [of the Senate], is reported to have possessed an eloquence adequate at least for what was required for political affairs ...

Against M’. Aquillius (F 2)

The prosecution of M’. Aquillius (cos. 129 BC) took place in 125 or 124 BC; the defendant was acquitted (Cic. Font. 38; App. B Civ. 1.22.92; Mith. 57.231) (TLRR 23).

F 2 Cicero, Against Caecilius

This custom and practice [of having honorable judges] did not dissatisfy our fathers and ancestors, at that time when P. Lentulus, he who was leader of the Senate, prosecuted M’. Aquillius, and C. Rutilius Rufus supported him . . .

16 L. CORNELIUS LENTULUS LUPUS

charged with extortion and found guilty (Val. Max. 6.9.10); nevertheless, he was able to proceed to the censorship.

Lentulus is reported in Cicero to have been regarded as eloquent (T 1).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] ... was, they say, regarded as eloquent... they say the same of L. Lentulus, who was consul with C. Figulus [C. Marcius Figulus, cos. 162, 156 BC].

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019