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FRL IV: ORATORY, PART 2

casus, respicite C. Fabrici senectutem”—cum hoc “respicite” ornandae orationis causa saepe dixisset, respexit ipse. at C. Fabricius a subselliis demisso capite discesserat. [59] hic iudices ridere, stomachari atque acerbe ferre patronus causam sibi eripi et se cetera de illo loco “respicite, iudices” non posse dicere; nec quicquam propius est factum quam ut illum persequeretur et collo obtorto ad subsellia reduceret ut reliqua posset perorare. ita tum Fabricius primum suo iudicio, quod est gravissimum, deinde legis vi et sententiis iudicum est condemnatus.

117 M. LOLLIUS PALICANUS

T 1 Sall. Hist. 4.43 M. = 4.33 R.

M. Lollius Palicanus, humili loco Picens, loquax magis quam facundus

T 2 Cic. Brut. 223

= 107 T 1.

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117 M. LOLLIUS PALICANUS

look back upon its changeable and uncertain states; look back upon the old age of C. Fabricius!”—when he had repeated the phrase “look back” frequently to ornament his speech, he looked back himself. But C. Fabricius had left his seat with hanging head. [59] Thereupon the judges burst out laughing; the pleader lost his temper and was annoyed that the case was slipping through his fingers and that he could not say the rest from this stock passage beginning “look back, judges”; and he was almost at the point that he pursued him and dragged him back to his seat by the scruff of his neck, so that he could deliver the rest of his peroration. Thus Fabricius was then found guilty, firstly by his own verdict, which is the most serious, then by the force of law and the votes of the judges.

117 M. LOLLIUS PALICANUS

M. Lollius Palicanus (tr. pl. 71, praet. 69 BC; RE Lollius 21) was not highly regarded as an orator: in Cicero his eloquence is described as better suited to the ears of the uneducated (T 2; cf. T 1).

T 1 Sallust, Histories

M. Lollius Palicanus, of low birth, from Picenum [region in Italy between the Apennines and the Adriatic Sea], loquacious rather than eloquent

T 2 Cicero, Brutus

= 107 T 1.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019