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FRL IV: ORATORY, PART 2

T 3 Sacerd., GL VI, p.461.23–30

astismos fit tribus modis: ... per similitudinem, quo modo dictum est de Carbone, qui mortuo Crasso, homine felice, inimico suo, ante obscurus florere coepit, “postquam Crassus carbo factus est,” id est periit, “Carbo crassus factus est,” id est res ante mortua revixit, id est ad florem pervenit ...

As Tribune to the People (F4)

F 4 Cic. Orat. 213–14

= 42 F 3.

88 Q. VARIUS HYBRIDA

Q. Varius Hybrida, also called Sucronensis (tr. pl. 90 BC; RE Varius 7), introduced a law ordering investigation of those men through whose support allies had taken up arms against the Roman People (Val. Max. 8.6.4; Asc. in Cic. Scaur. I.3 [p.22.5–8 C.]; Lex Varia de maiestate: LPPR, pp.339–40). On this basis many eminent men (having to defend themselves) were taken to court (Cic. Brut. 304).

T 1 Cic. Brut. 182

= 76 T 1.

142

88 Q. VARIUS HYBRIDA

T 3 Sacerdos

A witticism occurs in three ways: ... through similarity, asis said about Carbo, who, when Crassus [L. Licinius Crassus (66)], a fortunate man, his enemy [because of the prosecution of his father: 66 F 13–14], was dead, began to flourish, having been undistinguished previously, “after Crassus was turned into charcoal [carbo],” that is, perished, “Carbo was made thick [crassus],” that is, a matter previously dead, came to life again, that is, reached a flourishing state ...

As Tribune to the People (F 4)

F 4 Cicero, Orator

= 42 F 3.

88 Q. VARIUS HYBRIDA

In 89 BC Q. Varius Hybrida was himself prosecuted under the same law, found guilty, and went into exile (Cic. Brut. 305; Val. Max. 8.6.4) (TLRR 109).

In Cicero, Varius Hybrida is regarded as an able and active orator, while the employment of his faculties is regretted (T 1–4).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

= 76 T 1.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019