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FRL IV: ORATORY, PART 2

122 M. CALPURNIUS BIBULUS

M. Calpurnius Bibulus (cos. 59 BC; RE Calpurnius 28) was a contemporary of C. Iulius Caesar (121) and held several offices together with him (notwithstanding some tensions). Bibulus joined Cn. Pompeius Magnus (111) in

T 1 Cic. Brut. 267

[Cicero:] sunt etiam ex eis, qui eodem bello occiderunt, M. Bibulus, qui et scriptitavit accurate, cum praesertim non esset orator, et egit multa constanter ...

Speeches and Edicts Against C. Iulius Caesar and Cn. Pompeius Magnus (F2–6)

During his consulship in 59 BC, Bibulus clashed with his colleague C. Iulius Caesar (121); he spoke out against him and Cn. Pompeius Magnus (111) in speeches and edicts,

F 2 Cic. Att. 2.19.2, 5

Bibulus in caelo est, nec qua re scio, sed ita laudatur quasi <qui>1 “unus homo nobis cunctando restituit rem.” [Enn. Ann. 363 Sk. = 12 Ann. F 1 FRL] ... [5] ... edicta Bibuli audio ad te missa. iis ardet dolore et ira noster Pompeius.

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122 M. CALPURNIUS BIBULUS

122 M. CALPURNIUS BIBULUS

the civil war and died before the battle of Dyrrhachium in 48 BC.

In Cicero, Bibulus’ accuracy in writing is noted, but he is not judged to be a true orator (T 1).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] Among those who fell in the same war [civil war in the 40s BC] were also M. Bibulus, who both wrote in an accurate manner, especially since he was not an orator, and pleaded many cases with determination ...

Speeches and Edicts Against C. Iulius Caesar and Cn. Pompeius Magnus (F 2–6)

using the latter particularly after he had stopped leaving his house in response to violence and political controversies (F 6).

F 2 Cicero, Letters to Atticus

Bibulus is in heaven, and I do not know why, but he is praised in such a way as if he was the man <who> “alone by delaying restored the state to us.” [Enn. Ann. 363 Sk. = 12 Ann. F 1 FRL] ... [5] ... I hear Bibulus’ edicts have been sent to you. Because of them our Pompey [Cn. Pompeius Magnus (111)] is burning with anguish and rage.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019