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FRL IV: ORATORY, PART 2

acie, id est a iudiciis, et in praesidiis rei publicae, cui facile satis facere possint, collocemus.

75B T. IUNIUS

T. Iunius (RE Iunius 32) was a Tribune of the People in the early first century BC; he did not obtain higher offices owing to ill health (F 1).

Against P. Sextius (F1)

F 1 Cic. Brut. 180

[Cicero:] fuit etiam facilis et expeditus ad dicendum et vitae splendore multo et ingenio sane probabili T. Iunius L. f. tribunicius, quo accusante P. Sextius praetor designatus damnatus est ambitus; is processisset honoribus longius, nisi semper infirma atque etiam aegra valetudine fuisset.

76 P. SULPICIUS RUFUS

P. Sulpicius Rufus (tr. pl. 88 BC; RE Sulpicius 92) was a legate in the Social War in 89 BC (Cic. Brut. 304). As Tribune of the People in 88 BC, he supported C. Marius and proposed a number of laws, for instance on citizen rights and financial issues; in the same year, he was killed on the orders of L. Cornelius Sulla.

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76 P. SULPICIUS RUFUS

the battle line, that is from the courts, and station them [the orators just listed] on the ramparts of the Republic, whose demands they are easily able to meet.

75B T. IUNIUS

Iunius’ only attested public appearance is his prosecution of P. Sextius on a charge of bribery (TLRR 107). In Cicero, Iunius is described as a fluent and talented speaker (F 1).

Against P. Sextius (F 1)

F 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] An easy and fluent speaker, of much distinction in life and certainly of commendable talent, was also T. Iunius, Lucius’ son, a former Tribune; under his prosecution P. Sextius, a praetor designate, was convicted of bribery. He [Iunius] would have gone further in public office had he not always suffered from unstable and even bad health.

76 P. SULPICIUS RUFUS

In Cicero, Sulpicius is described as a great orator in his time; his natural talent is highlighted (T1–4, 6, 7, 9; Cic. Brut. 201, 207, 214, 297; cf. Vell. Pat. 2.9.2). Sulpicius’ style is described as full and elevated, with charm and brevity, his delivery as vigorous and dignified (T 2, 5, 7, 8). Sulpicius is a speaker in Cicero’s De oratore. None of

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019