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iudico nostri ordinis Q. Sertorium, equestris C. Gargonium.

T 2 Plut. Sert. 2.2

ἤσκητο μὲν οὖν καὶ περὶ δίκας ἱκανῶς καί τινα καὶ δύναμιν ἐν τῇ πόλει μειράκιον ὢν ἀπὸ τοῦ λέγειν ἔσχεν· αἱ δὲ περὶ τὰ στρατιωτικὰ λαμπρότητες αὐτοῦ καὶ κατορθώσεις ἐνταῦθα τὴν φιλοτιμίαν μετέστησαν.

81A C. GARGONIUS

T 1 Cic. Brut. 180

= 81 T 1.

82 C. MARCIUS CENSORINUS

C. Marcius Censorinus (RE Marcius 43) was a supporter of C. Marius in the civil war and a mint master in 88 BC. He attacked and killed the consul Cn. Octavius in 87 BC (App. B Civ. 1.71.327–28); in 82 BC Censorinus himself was killed (App. B Civ. 1.88.401; Cic. Brut. 311: 102 T3).

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82 C. MARCIUS CENSORINUS

readiest and shrewdest in speaking, of our order [i.e., senatorial], Q. Sertorius, of the equestrian order, C. Gargonius [81A].

T 2 Plutarch, Life of Sertorius

He [Sertorius] was sufficiently versed in judicial procedure and also acquired some influence in the city [of Rome] from his eloquence while a young man; but his brilliant successes in war turned his ambition in that direction.

81A C. GARGONIUS

C. Gargonius (RE Gargonius 4) is an otherwise unknown equestrian. Among the men of that class, he is presented in Cicero as the readiest and shrewdest of the uneducated ranting speakers (T 1).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

= 81 T 1.

82 C. MARCIUS CENSORINUS

According to Cicero, Censorinus was familiar with Greek literature and able to provide a clear argument and to offer a pleasant delivery, but not industrious and not drawn to activity in the Forum (T 1).

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019