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FRL IV: ORATORY, PART 2

T 2 Cic. Brut. 221

[Cicero:] acutior Q. Varius rebus inveniendis nec minus verbis expeditus ...

T 3 Cic. Brut. 305

= 87 T 2.

T 4 Cic. De or. 1.117

[Crassus:] quis vestrum aequalem Q. Varium, vastum hominem atque foedum, non intellegit illa ipsa facultate, quamcumque habet, magnam esse in civitate gratiam consecutum?

89 L. CORNELIUS SISENNA

L. Cornelius Sisenna (praet. 78 BC; RE Cornelius 374) was praetor urbanus and peregrinus in 78 BC and afterward apparently propraetor in Sicilia (on his life, see FRHist1:306–7). In the war against the pirates, he was a legate of Pompey’s (App. Mithr. 95); when he came to Crete, he fell ill and died in 67 BC (Cass. Dio 36.18.1–19.1). Sisenna was a friend of T. Pomponius Atticus (103) (F 5).

T 1 Cic. Brut. 228

[Cicero:] inferioris autem aetatis erat proximus L. Sisenna, doctus vir et studiis optimis deditus, bene Latine loquens, gnarus rei publicae, non sine facetiis, sed neque

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89 L. CORNELIUS SISENNA

T 2 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] Shrewder in invention [than C. Papirius Carbo Arvina (87)] was Q. Varius and no less ready in diction ...

T 3 Cicero, Brutus

= 87 T 2.

T 4 Cicero, On the Orator

[Crassus:] Who does not know that Q. Varius, your contemporary [of P. Sulpicius Rufus (76) and C. Aurelius Cotta (80)], an unrefined and repulsive man, has attained great popularity in the community through that very ability [oratory] to the extent he possesses it?

89 L. CORNELIUS SISENNA

Sisenna wrote a work on the history of Rome in at least twenty-three books (FRHist 26) and Milesian novels on the model of Aristides’ Greek tales (HRR I, p.297). In Cicero Sisenna is described as a learned man with good Latinity and knowledge of politics, but not a great orator, lacking in industry and legal experience (T1–2).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] But of the younger generation the nearest [to P. Antistius (78) in oratorical ability] was L. Sisenna, a manof scholarly training and devoted to the best studies, speaking well a pure Latin, well acquainted with political

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019