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FRL IV: ORATORY, PART 2

T 3 Cic. Brut. 235

[Cicero:] nec multo secus P. Lentulus, cuius et excogitandi et loquendi tarditatem tegebat formae dignitas, corporis motus plenus et artis et venustatis, vocis et suavitas et magnitudo. sic in hoc nihil praeter actionem fuit, cetera etiam minora quam in superiore.

101 L. GELLIUS POPLICOLA

L. Gellius Poplicola (cos. 72, censor 70 BC; RE Gellius 17) was consul with Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Clodianus (99); in that year the consuls put forward a number of bills. When the two men were censors, they expelled several individuals from the Senate (e.g., Liv. Epit. 98; Cic. Clu. 120). In 67 BC Poplicola was a legate of Cn. Pompeius Magnus (111) in the war against the pirates (App. Mithr. 95; Flor. 1.41.9). In 63 BC he supported a harsh verdict on the Catilinarian conspirators (Cic. Att. 12.2.1) and was one of those who suggested honoring Cicero (Cic. Pis. 6; Gell. NA 5.6.15). Poplicola lived to a rather advanced age

T 1 Cic. Brut. 174

[Cicero:] horum aetati prope coniunctus L. Gellius non tam vendibilis orator, quamvis1 nescires quid ei deesset; nec enim erat indoctus nec tardus ad excogitandum nec Romanarum rerum immemor et verbis solutus satis; sed in magnos oratores inciderat eius aetas; multam tamen

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101 L. GELLIUS POPLICOLA

T 3 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] And not very different [from Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Clodianus (99)] was the case of P. Lentulus, whose slowness of thought and speech was covered up by dignity of bearing, bodily movement full of art and grace, and the sweetness and strength of his voice. Thus, in him there was nothing but delivery; everything else was even inferior to the preceding [Cn. Lentulus].

101 L. GELLIUS POPLICOLA

(T 1; F 7); he still participated in meetings of the Senate in 59 BC (F 7) and 55 BC (F 5) and spoke at a contio in 58/57 BC (F 8).

In Cicero, Poplicola is described as a decent orator, with some education and elegance in speaking, and as a great supporter of his friends, but not able to compete with the outstanding orators of his age (T 1; Cic. Brut. 176). A speech to the philosophers in Athens as well as several forensic and political speeches in Rome are attested (F 2–8; on F 3 see TLRR 156; on F 8 see CCMR, App. A: 307).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] Nearly contemporary with the period of these men [M. Antonius (65); L. Licinius Crassus (66); L. Marcius Philippus (70)] was L. Gellius, an orator who did not greatly commend himself, though you would not know what he lacked; for he was not uneducated, nor slow in invention, nor unfamiliar with Roman matters, and sufficiently fluent in his diction; but his time had fallen upon an age of great orators; still, he provided much useful

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019