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FRL IV: ORATORY, PART 2

nobilis sane, quo<i>2 orationi Caepionis ore respondit Aelius, qui scriptitavit orationes multis, orator ipse numquam fuit.

For C. Aurelius Cotta (F5–6)

F 5 Cic. Brut. 205

[Cicero:] Cottae pro se lege Varia quae inscribitur, eam L. Aelius scripsit Cottae rogatu.

F 6 Cic. Brut. 207

[Cicero:] Cottam autem miror summum ipsum oratorem minimeque ineptum Aelianas levis oratiunculas voluisse existimari suas.

For Q. Pompeius Rufus (F7)

F 7 Cic. Brut. 206

= F 3.

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L. Fufius (RE Fufius 5) was an orator in the first half of the first century BC (T 1). His qualities as a speaker are not regarded highly in Cicero’s De oratore (T 2–3), while

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known to be sure, to which Aelius replied through Caepio’s mouth, Aelius, who was in the habit of writing speeches for many, but never was an orator himself.

For C. Aurelius Cotta (F 5–6)

F 5 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] The oration entitled “Cotta in his own defense under the Lex Varia” was composed at Cotta’s [C. Aurelius Cotta (80), F 10] request by L. Aelius.

F 6 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] [continuing from F 3] But I wonder that Cotta [C. Aurelius Cotta (80), T 7], himself a most distinguished orator and far from devoid of taste, should have wanted the trivial speeches of Aelius be thought his own.

For Q. Pompeius Rufus (F 7)

F 7 Cicero, Brutus

= F 3.

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elsewhere at least his diligence and industry are praised (F 4–5).

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019