123 L. LUCCEIUS
L. Lucceius (praet. 67 BC; RE Lucceius 6) unsuccessfully stood for the consulship in 60 BC; afterward, he withdrew from public life and devoted his time to writing history; hewrote a historical work starting with the Social War (FRHist 30). A letter from Lucceius to Cicero is extant (Cic. Fam. 5.14), as are three by Cicero to him (Cic. Fam.
T 1 Cic. Cael. 54
habeo enim, iudices, quem vos socium vestrae religionis iurisque iurandi facile esse patiamini, L. Lucceium, sanctissimum hominem et gravissimum testem, qui ... an ille vir illa humanitate praeditus, illis studiis, illis artibus atque doctrina...? ... homo eruditus...?
T 2 Cic. Fam. 5.12.7 [ad Lucceium]
atque hoc praestantius mihi fuerit et ad laetitiam animi et ad memoriae dignitatem si in tua scripta pervenero quam si in ceterorum quod non ingenium mihi solum suppeditatum fuerit tuum...sed etiam auctoritas clarissimi et spectatissimi viri et in rei publicae maximis gravissimisque causis cogniti atque in primis probati, ut mihi non solum praeconium...sed etiam grave testimonium impertitum clari hominis magnique videatur.
123 L. LUCCEIUS
5.12, 5.13, 5.15), including one in which Cicero tries to persuade Lucceius to write a historical work about his consulship (Cic. Fam. 5.12).
In Cicero, Lucceius’ learning, qualities as a writer, and reputation are highlighted (T 1–2).
T 1 Cicero, Pro Caelio
For I can produce, judges, a man whom you would readily allow to be associated with you in the sanctity of your oath, L. Lucceius, a most upright man and a most respected witness, who ... Could such a man, endowed with such a civilized character, such learning, such culture and knowledge...? ... an educated man...?
T 2 Cicero, Letters to Friends [to Lucceius]
And therefore it would be preferable both for the pleasure of my mind and for the dignity of my memory if I should obtain a place in your writings rather than in those of others because not only your talent would be supplied to me in abundance...but also your authority as a most illustrious and much admired man, tried and notably approved in the greatest and most serious public affairs, so that I would seem to have received not only the duties of a herald...but also the weighty testimony of an illustrious and great man.