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FRL IV: ORATORY, PART 2

As Consul in the Senate (F4)

F 4 Cic. Verr. 2.2.95

itaque in senatu continuo Cn. Lentulus et L. Gellius consules faciunt mentionem placere statui, si patribus conscriptis videretur, ne absentes homines in provinciis rei fierent rerum capitalium; causam Stheni totam et istius crudelitatem et iniquitatem senatum docent.

100 P. CORNELIUS LENTULUS SURA

P. Cornelius Lentulus Sura (praet. 74, 63, cos. 71 BC; RE Cornelius 240), like others, was expelled from the Senate in 70 BC, because of his lifestyle (Plut. Cic. 17.1; Cass. Dio 37.30.4); later, he was reinstated (cf. 99, 101). He was praetor again in 63 BC (Plut. Cic. 17.1; Cass. Dio 37.30.4). In that year he was involved in the Catilinarian Conspiracy and was expecting a leading role because of a prophecy in the Sibylline Books, announcing that three Cornelii would rule in Rome (Sall. Cat. 47.2); at the end of the year

T 1 Cic. Brut. 230

= 92 T 1.

T 2 Cic. Brut. 308

= 78 T 3.

240

100 P. CORNELIUS LENTULUS SURA

As Consul in the Senate (F 4)

F 4 Cicero, Verrine Orations

Therefore, immediately, Cn. Lentulus and L. Gellius [L. Gellius Poplicola (101), F 4], the consuls [72 BC], moved the following resolution in the Senate to be approved, if it seemed good to the senators, that people should not be prosecuted in the provinces for capital charges in their absence; they gave the Senate a full account of the case of Sthenius [of Thermae, wronged by C. Verres] and the iniquitous cruelty of that man [Verres].

100 P. CORNELIUS LENTULUS SURA

he was killed along with the other captured conspirators (Sall. Cat. 55.5–6).

In Cicero it is noted that Lentulus had a pleasant voice and an elegant style of delivery but did not possess any other oratorical accomplishments (T 3; cf. Cic. Cat. 3.11). Some of Lentulus’ speeches were apparently included in an anthology compiled by C. Licinius Mucianus (Tac. Dial. 37.3). Letters by Lentulus are mentioned (Cic. Cat. 3.12; Sall. Cat. 44.4–6).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

= 92 T 1.

T 2 Cicero, Brutus

= 78 T 3.

241
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019