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FRL IV: ORATORY, PART 2

T 3 Schol. Gron. ad Cic. Rosc. Am. 5 (p.303.6–7 Stangl)

“maximo ingenio”: Messalam maxime significat, cuius {maxime}1 extant orationes.

On Behalf of M. Aemilius Scaurus (F4)

F 4 Asc. in Cic. Scaur., arg. (p.18 KS = 20.13–18 C.)

= 92 F 48.

125 C. MEMMIUS

C. Memmius (praet. 58 BC; RE Memmius 8) unsuccessfully stood for the consulship in 54 BC; accused of ambitus and found guilty, he eventually withdrew into exile to Athens (TLRR 320; Cic. Fam. 13.1.1; App. B Civ. 2.24.90).

Besides having a public career, Memmius was a poet (FPL4, pp.191–92) and a supporter of poets: Catullus andCinna accompanied him during his governorship of Bithynia in 57 BC, and Lucretius dedicated his poem De rerum natura (on Epicurean natural philosophy) to him.

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125 C. MEMMIUS

T 3 Scholia Gronoviana to Cicero, Pro Sexto Roscio Amerino

“with the greatest talent”: He [Cicero] means Messalla1 in particular, of whom orations {in particular} are extant.

On Behalf of M. Aemilius Scaurus (F 4)

In 54 BC Messalla was one of six advocates defending M. Aemilius Scaurus (139), who also spoke on his own behalf (139 F 5), when P. Valerius Triarius (148 F 1–2) prosecuted him for extortion (cf. 148).

F 4 Asconius on Cicero, Pro Scauro

= 92 F 48.

125 C. MEMMIUS

Letters to Memmius from Cicero are extant (Cic. Fam. 13.1–3).

In Cicero, Memmius is described as learned in Greek literature, as an adroit orator with a pleasing diction, but averse to the labor required, so that his skill did not come fully to the fore (T 1).

Memmius charged Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius Cornelianus Scipio Nasica, Cn. Pompeius Magnus’ (111) father-in-law, with ambitus, but withdrew the accusation before a trial was held (App. B Civ. 2.24.93–94).

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019