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FRL III: ORATORY, PART 1

17 T. ANNIUS LUSCUS

T. Annius Luscus (cos. 153 BC; RE Annius 64) was a fierce opponent of the Tribune of the People Ti. Sempronius Gracchus (34) in 133 BC. This is obvious from speeches against Gracchus in the Senate and before the People (F3–5; CCMR, App. A: 183).

T 1 Cic. Brut. 79

[Cicero:] ... et T. Annium Luscum huius Q. Fulvi collegam non indisertum dicunt fuisse ...

T 2 Plut. Ti. Gracch. 14.5

= F 4.

Speeches Against Ti. Sempronius Gracchus (F3–5)

F 3 Liv. Epit. 58.1–6

Tib. Sempronius Gracchus trib. pleb. cum legem agrariam ferret adversus voluntatem senatus et equestris ordinis: nequis ex publico agro plus quam ∞1 iugera possideret, in eum furorem exarsit, ut M. Octavio collegae causam diversae partis defendenti potestatem lege lata abrogaret,

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17 T. ANNIUS LUSCUS

17 T. ANNIUS LUSCUS

In Cicero it is said that Luscus was regarded as a decent orator (T 1), and in Plutarch that he was good at discussions carried out by question and answer (T 2).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] ... and they say that T. Annius Luscus, the colleague of this Q. Fulvius [Q. Fulvius Nobilior, cos. 153 BC], was not without command of oratory ...

T 2 Plutarch, Life of Tiberius Gracchus

= F 4.

Speeches Against Ti. Sempronius Gracchus (F 3–5)

F 3 Livy, Epitome

When Tib. Sempronius Gracchus [34], Tribune of the People [in 133 BC], put forward a land law against the wishes of the Senate and the equestrian order, to the effect that no one should occupy more than a thousand1 acres of public land, he went to such a point of madness as to remove from office his colleague M. Octavius, who was supporting the case of the other side, by putting forward a law,

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019