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FRL IV: ORATORY, PART 2

F 16 Prisc., GL II, pp.384.13–85.1

Curio:1 “eum tam invidiosa fortuna conplecti,” passive.

87 C. PAPIRIUS CARBO ARVINA

C. Papirius Carbo Arvina (tr. pl. 90, praet. before 82 BC; RE Papirius 40), a son of C. Papirius Carbo (35), was killed by L. Iunius Brutus Damasippus in the Curia Hostilia in 82 BC (Cic. Fam. 9.21.3; Brut. 311: 102 T 3; De or. 3.10; Vell. Pat. 2.26.2; Val. Max. 9.2.3; Oros. 5.20.4; App. B Civ. 1.88.403).

T 1 Cic. Brut. 221

[Cicero:] in eodem igitur numero eiusdem aetatis C. Carbo fuit illius eloquentissimi viri filius. non satis acutus orator, sed tamen orator numeratus est. erat in verbis gravitas et facile dicebat et auctoritatem naturalem quandam habebat oratio.

T 2 Cic. Brut. 305

[Cicero:] ...diserti autem Q. Varius C. Carbo Cn. Pomponius, et hi quidem habitabant in rostris ...

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87 C. PAPIRIUS CARBO ARVINA

F 16 Priscian

Curio: “he being implicated in such invidious fortune,” in passive sense [normally deponent with active meaning].

87 C. PAPIRIUS CARBO ARVINA

In Cicero, Carbo is mentioned among the respectable, yet not outstanding orators of his period and as someone who delivered many speeches to the People (T 1–2; Cic. Brut. 227, 308). A passage from one of these contiones, given when Carbo was Tribune of the People, survives (F4; CCMR, App. A: 220).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] To the same group of that same period [of P. Sulpicius Rufus (76) and C. Aurelius Cotta (80)], then, belonged C. Carbo, a son of the great orator of that name [C. Papirius Carbo (35)]. He was not an orator of much acumen, but still he was accounted an orator. There was dignity in his diction, and he spoke readily, and his speech possessed a certain natural authority.

T 2 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] ...but eloquent men were Q. Varius [Q. Varius Hybrida (88), T 3], C. Carbo, Cn. Pomponius [Cn. Pomponius (72B), F 4], and these indeed lived on the Rostra ...

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019