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FRL IV: ORATORY, PART 2

F 10 Fest., p.194.18–21 L.

orba apud poe|⌊tas significatur privata aliqua⌋1 persona cara: apud | ⌊oratores, quae patrem⌋2 [– – – e – – –], ut Ser. | ⌊Sulpicius ait, quae filios⌋3 [– – –] ulos4 orba est

118A M. PONTIDIUS

M. Pontidius from Arpinum (RE Pontidius 3) is otherwise unknown, but included in Cicero’s Brutus as a man frequently pleading in private suits (T 1). If anachronism can

T 1 Cic. Brut. 246

[Cicero:] etiam M. Pontidius municeps noster multas privatas causas actitavit, celeriter sane verba volvens nec hebes in causis vel dicam plus etiam quam non hebes, sed effervescens in dicendo stomacho saepe iracundiaque vehementius; ut non cum adversario solum sed etiam, quod mirabile esset, cum iudice ipso, cuius delenitor esse debet orator, iurgio saepe contenderet.

119 Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS CELER

Q. Caecilius Metellus Celer (cos. 60 BC; RE Caecilius 86), a brother of Q. Caecilius Metellus Nepos (120), was married to Clodia, by whom he is said to have been killed in

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119 Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS CELER

F 10 Festus

orba [“bereaved”; feminine], in the poets, means “deprived of some beloved person”; in the orators, a woman who [has lost] her father ...as Ser. Sulpicius says, a woman who [has lost young] sons is bereaved.1

118A M. PONTIDIUS

be assumed, the Pontidius (RE Pontidius 1) mentioned in Cicero’s De oratore because of a witty answer (Cic. De or. 2.275) might be the same person.

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] M. Pontidius also, my fellow townsman, was active in many private suits, certainly reeling off words quickly and in court cases not dull-witted, or I should rather say even more than “not dull-witted”, since in speaking he would frequently become greatly worked up with vexation and resentment; thus, he would frequently wrangle not only with the opponent, but also, what is remarkable, with the judge himself, whom the orator ought to conciliate.

119 Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS CELER

59 BC because of his opposition to her brother P. Clodius Pulcher (137) (Cic. Cael. 59; Schol. Bob. ad Cic. Sest. 131 [p.139.8–10 St.]).

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019