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FRL IV: ORATORY, PART 2

On Behalf of L. Cornelius Balbus (F14–15)

F 14 Cic. Balb. 17

= 111 F 25.

F 15 Cic. Balb. 50

quid? hic qui adest, a quo haec quae ego nunc percurro subtilissime sunt omnia perpolita, M. Crassus, non Aveniensem1 foederatum civitate donavit, homo cum gravitate et prudentia praestans, tum vel nimium parcus in largienda civitate?

103 T. POMPONIUS ATTICUS

T. Pomponius Atticus (110–32 BC; RE Pomponius 102) was a rich and well-educated man, a close friend of Cicero. He spent many years living in Athens and was well versed in Greek, but he did not have any major political roles (on his life see the biography by Cornelius Nepos; FRHist

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103 T. POMPONIUS ATTICUS

On Behalf of L. Cornelius Balbus (F 14–15)

Cicero (Cic. Balb.) and Crassus, as well as Cn. Pompeius Magnus (111 F 25), successfully defended Cornelius Balbus Gaditanus, prosecuted in relation to his citizenship status, in 56 BC (Cic. Balb.) (TLRR 276).

F 14 Cicero, Pro Balbo

= 111 F 25.

F 15 Cicero, Pro Balbo

Further, did not this man who is here, by whom all that I am now touching upon very lightly has been elaborated in great detail, Crassus, bestow citizenship upon a person from Avenio,1 with federate status, a man [Crassus] distinguished by dignity and sagacity and in particular oversparing in giving out citizenship?

103 T. POMPONIUS ATTICUS

1:344–45). Atticus had intellectual interests and is the dedicatee of works by Cicero, Varro, and Cornelius Nepos. Atticus wrote letters (though only those from Cicero to him survive), a Greek memoir on Cicero’s consulship, a liber annalis, and family histories (FRHist 33).

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019