agebat Hortensius, magis magisque cottidie probabatur Antistius, Piso saepe dicebat, minus saepe Pomponius, raro Carbo, semel aut iterum Philippus.Against C. Iulius Caesar Strabo (F4A)
F 4A Cic. Brut. 226
= T 2.
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Nothing further is known about C. Erucius (RE Erucius) other than what can be inferred from the passages below. If a comment mentioned in one of Cicero’s fragmentary speeches, where an Erucius is called an “Antoniaster,” that
T 1 Cic. Pro Vareno, F 17 Puccioni = 10 Crawford (Prisc., GL II, p.112.19–23; cf. Quint. Inst. 8.3.22)
excipitur “Antonius,” quod “Antoniaster” facit diminutivum. Cicero pro Vareno: “Lucius ille Septimius diceret, etenim est ad L. Crassi eloquentiam gravis et vehemens et volubilis: Erucius hic noster Antoniaster est.”
[Q. Hortensius Hortalus (92)] held the first place in pleadings, Antistius enjoyed a reputation increasing on a daily basis, Piso [M. Pupius Piso Frugi Calpurnianus (104)] spoke often, less often Pomponius [Cn. Pomponius (72B)], Carbo [C. Papirius Carbo Arvina (87)] rarely, Philippus once or twice [L. Marcius Philippus (70)].Against C. Iulius Caesar Strabo (F 4A)
Like P. Sulpicius Rufus (76 F 17–18), P. Antistius, when Tribune of the People in 88 BC, spoke against C. Iulius Caesar Strabo’s (73 F 14) candidacy for the consulship.
F 4A Cicero, Brutus
= T 2.
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is, apparently a poor imitator of the great orator M. Antonius (65), refers to this Erucius (T 1), it suggests that his oratorical style was not rated highly by everyone.
T 1 Cicero, Pro Vareno (quoted in Priscian)
“Antonius” is an exception [from the rule of how diminutives of the second declension are formed] since it forms the diminutive “Antoniaster.” Cicero, Pro Vareno [Crawford 1994, 7–18]: “That famous Lucius Septimius [RE Septimius 8] would say, for he is serious and energetic and fluent according to the model of L. Crassus’ [L. Licinius Crassus (66)] eloquence: ‘Our Erucius here is a little Antonius.’”