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FRL IV: ORATORY, PART 2

Against Cn. Sergius Silus (F3)

F 3 Val. Max. 6.1.8

Metellus quoque Celer stuprosae mentis acer poenitor exstitit Cn. Sergio Silo promissorum matri familiae nummorum gratia diem ad populum dicendo eumque hoc uno crimine damnando: non enim factum tunc, sed animus in quaestionem deductus est, plusque voluisse peccare nocuit quam non peccasse profuit.

120 Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS NEPOS

Q. Caecilius Metellus Nepos (cos. 57 BC; RE Caecilius 96), a brother of Q. Caecilius Metellus Celer (119), as Tribune of the People in 62 BC opposed Cicero; by the time Metellus Nepos became consul for 57 BC, he was reconciled with Cicero and supported his recall from exile. As proconsul, Metellus Nepos administered Hispania citerior; a

T 1 Cic. Brut. 247

= 119 T 1.

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120 Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS NEPOS

Against Cn. Sergius Silus (F 3)

Cn. Sergius Silus, possibly an official mentioned by Cicero (Cic. Verr. 2.3.102), was prosecuted by a Metellus Celer (TLRR 371), who may have been this Metellus or his adoptive father, Metellus Celer (tr. pl. 90 BC).

F 3 Valerius Maximus, Memorable Doings and Sayings

Metellus Celer too appeared as a stern chastiser of lascivious intent by summoning Cn. Sergius Silus to trial before the People on account of money promised to the matron of a household and convicting him on this sole charge: for not an act, but a state of mind was then brought to the judicial investigation, and having wished to do wrong hurt more than not having done wrong helped.

120 Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS NEPOS

letter written from there to Cicero in 56 BC is extant (Cic. Fam. 5.3), as are letters to him from Cicero (F 5).

In Cicero, the brothers Metelli (119 + 120) are described as not without natural ability or training and cultivating a style of speaking appealing to the People (T1).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

= 119 T 1.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019