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FRL IV: ORATORY, PART 2

80B T. IUVENTIUS

T 1 Cic. Brut. 178–79

[Cicero:] in eodem genere causarum multum erat T. Iuventius nimis ille quidem lentus in dicendo et paene frigidus, sed et callidus et in capiendo adversario versutus et praeterea nec indoctus et magna cum iuris civilis intellegentia. [179] cuius auditor P. Orbius meus fere aequalis in dicendo non nimis exercitatus, in iure autem civili non inferior quam magister fuit.

81 Q. SERTORIUS

Q. Sertorius (RE Sertorius 3), having served under C. Marius, was a military tribune in Hispania in the 90s BC. He then became a quaestor in Gallia Cisalpina and a general in the Social War. In the civil war he supported Cinna and C. Marius; afterward, he fought against Roman generals in Hispania for a long time until he lost the support of his followers and fell victim to a conspiracy.

T 1 Cic. Brut. 180

[Cicero:] sed omnium oratorum sive rabularum, qui et plane indocti et inurbani aut rustici etiam fuerunt, quos quidem ego cognoverim, solutissimum in dicendo et acutissimum

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80B T. IUVENTIUS

T. Iuventius (RE Iuventius 10) was active as a pleader in the Sullan period and noted for his knowledge of civil law.

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] With the same type of cases [private lawsuits] T. Iuventius was much occupied; he was much too slow and almost cold in his way of speaking, but shrewd and clever in trapping the opponent, and besides not untrained, and with great knowledge of the civil law. [179] His student P. Orbius, a man of about my age, was not greatly experienced in speaking, but as regards civil law not inferior to his master.

81 Q. SERTORIUS

In Cicero it is acknowledged that Q. Sertorius was a ready and shrewd speaker, but his oratory is not rated highly (T 1); in Plutarch he is described as an able speaker with some influence (T 2). A fragment from Sallust’s Histories may come from a speech put into Sertorius’ mouth (Sall. Hist. 1.93 M. = 1.81 R.); Plutarch’s biography includes a few short utterances ascribed to Sertorius (Plut. Sert. 5.4, 16.9–10).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] But of all those orators or ranting speakers, who were quite without training and without manners, or even uncouth, whom I at least have known, I regard as the

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019