Tools

FRL IV: ORATORY, PART 2

On Behalf of Cn. Veturius (F17)

F 17 Charis., GL I, p.220.1–3 = p.284.10–12 B.

sponte nomen quidem est aptoton, ideoque1 C. Cotta ⌊pro⌋2 Cn. Veturio3 libro I: “tu solus hic cum optimis,4 tu de tua sponte hic cum religione.”

80A P. CORNELIUS CETHEGUS

P. Cornelius Cethegus (RE Cornelius 97) was proscribed by Sulla in 88 BC and fled to Africa with C. Marius; after Sulla’s return he joined his cause (App. B Civ. 1.80.369). Cethegus was notorious for his bad morals and debauched

T 1 Cic. Brut. 178

[Cicero:] eius aequalis P. Cethegus, cui de re publica satis suppeditabat oratio—totam enim tenebat eam penitusque cognoverat; itaque in senatu consularium auctoritatem adsequebatur—; sed in causis publicis nihil, <in>1 privatis satis veterator videbatur.

106

80A P. CORNELIUS CETHEGUS

On Behalf of Cn. Veturius (F 17)

If C. Aurelius Cotta (80) is the C. Cotta mentioned, he defended Cn. Veturius (F 17) in more than one speech.

F 17 Charisius

sponte [“of one’s own accord”] certainly is an indeclinable noun, and therefore C. Cotta [says in the speech] <On behalf of> Cn. Veturius, in book one: “you [sg.] alone [are] here with the best men, you [are] here out of your own accord in connection with a religious obligation.”

80A P. CORNELIUS CETHEGUS

lifestyle, but still was an influential figure in Roman politics of the period (Cic. Parad. 40; Plut. Luc. 5.4).

In Cicero it is noted that Cethegus was influential as a speaker in the Senate and a decent pleader in private cases, but not able to deal with criminal cases (T 1).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] His [C. Iulius Caesar Strabo’s (73); continued from 73 T 1] contemporary was P. Cethegus, who possessed an oratory adequate for the treatment of political matters—of these, to be sure, he had complete mastery and had achieved profound understanding; therefore, in the Senate he obtained the influence of men of consular rank—; but in criminal cases he was nothing at all; <in> private suits he appeared as an adequate experienced pleader.

107
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019