dixit causam ex colonia Latina in primis firma et inlustri. quem cum disertus homo L. Antistius accusaret, non dixit fundum Spoletinum populum non esse factum—videbat enim populos de suo iure, non de nostro fundos fieri solere—sed cum lege Apuleia coloniae non essent deductae, qua lege Saturninus C. Mario tulerat ut in singulas colonias ternos civis Romanos facere posset, negabat hoc beneficium re ipsa sublata valere debere.


P. Antistius (tr. pl. 88 BC; RE Antistius 18) was killed in 82 BC on the orders of consul C. Marius the son (Vell. Pat. 2.26.2; App. B Civ. 1.88.403–4; Cic. Brut. 311: 102 T 3).

In Cicero, P. Antistius is mentioned as a good (though late to be recognized) orator in the first half of the first

T 1 Cic. Brut. 182

= 76 T 1.

T 2 Cic. Brut. 226–27

[Cicero:] coniunctus igitur Sulpici aetati P. Antistius fuit, rabula sane probabilis, qui multos cum tacuisset annos neque contemni solum sed inrideri etiam solitus esset, in tribunatu primum contra C. Iuli illam consulatus petitionem



citizenship to plead his case, and he came from a Latin colony particularly powerful and distinguished. When an eloquent man, L. Antistius, prosecuted him, he did not say that the people of Spoletium had not ratified it—for he knew that peoples were accustomed to ratify laws concerning their own rights, not ours—but, since colonies had not been founded under the Lex Appuleia, a law that Saturninus [L. Appuleius Saturninus (64A)] had proposed for C. Marius, so that in each colony he could make three men Roman citizens, he maintained that this grant could not be valid when the measure itself had been annulled.


century BC and an active lawyer; his accurate argumentation, strong memory, and elegance in a middle style are highlighted, while his delivery is described as less polished (T1–3).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

= 76 T 1.

T 2 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] Associated then with the time of Sulpicius [P. Sulpicius Rufus (76)] was P. Antistius, a ranting speaker but certainly quite decent, who, after he had been silent for many years and was customarily treated not only with contempt but even with ridicule, first won favor in his Tribunate [88 BC] by carrying to success a just indictment against that irregular candidacy of C. Iulius [C. Iulius Caesar

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019