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FRL IV: ORATORY, PART 2

T 1 Cic. Brut. 237

[Cicero:] C. Censorinus Graecis litteris satis doctus, quod proposuerat explicans expedite, non invenustus actor, sed iners et inimicus fori.

Against L. Cornelius Sulla (F2–3)

F 2 Firm. Mat. Math. 1.7.28

hunc <quem>1 sciebamus in praeturae {PR.} petitione2 deiectum, cui gravissimus Censorinus veris ac firmis accusationibus spoliatae provinciae crimen obiecit ...

F 3 Plut. Sull. 5.12

ἀναχωρήσαντι δὲ αὐτῷ δίκην ἔλαχε δώρων Κηνσωρῖνος, ὡς πολλὰ χρήματα συνειλοχότι παρὰ τὸν νόμον ἐκ φίλης καὶ συμμάχου βασιλείας. οὐ μὴν ἀπήντησεν ἐπὶ τὴν κρίσιν, ἀλλ᾿ ἀπέστη τῆς κατηγορίας.

  • 1add. Kroll
  • 2in praeturae {PR.} petitione Kroll: impraetura. ṖṘ. petitione vel in pretura prepetitione codd.
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82 C. MARCIUS CENSORINUS

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] C. Censorinus was reasonably well educated in Greek literature, able to present lucidly what he had set out to, a not ungraceful performer, but lazy and hostile to the Forum.

Against L. Cornelius Sulla (F 2–3)

In the 90s BC Censorinus charged L. Cornelius Sulla, after the latter had returned from his provincial governorship in Cilicia, with extortion, but then dropped the charges (TLRR 92).

F 2 Firmicus Maternus, Mathesis

He [Sulla], <whom> we knew had been turned down in his candidacy for the praetorship [of 98 BC], against whom the very respected Censorinus had brought forward the reproach of having robbed the province in true and strong accusations ...

F 3 Plutarch, Life of Sulla

When he [Sulla] came back, Censorinus brought a suit against him for bribery, alleging that he had collected large sums of money illegally from a friendly and allied kingdom. Yet he did not appear at the trial, but abandoned the prosecution.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019