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FRL V: ORATORY, PART 3

T 1 Cic. Brut. 264

[Cicero:] erat etiam vir doctus in primis C. Visellius Varro, consobrinus meus, qui fuit cum Sicinio aetate coniunctus. is, cum post curulem aedilitatem iudex quaestionis esset, est mortuus; in quo fateor vulgi iudicium a iudicio meo dissensisse. nam populo non erat satis vendibilis: praeceps quaedam et cum idcirco obscura quia peracuta, tum rapida et celeritate caecata oratio; sed neque verbis aptiorem cito alium dixerim neque sententiis crebriorem. praeterea perfectus in litteris iurisque civilis iam a patre Aculeone traditam tenuit disciplinam.

142A C. CALPURNIUS PISO FRUGI

C. Calpurnius Piso Frugi (quaest. 58 BC; RE Calpurnius 93) was married to Cicero’s daughter Tullia from 67 BC (Cic. Att. 1.3.3). Piso supported Cicero during the latter’s exile in 58 BC (e.g., Cic. Red. sen. 17, 38; Red. pop.7; Sest.

T 1 Cic. Brut. 272

[Cicero:] studio autem neminem nec industria maiore cognovi, quamquam ne ingenio quidem qui praestiterit facile dixerim C. Pisoni genero meo. nullum tempus illi umquam vacabat aut a forensi dictione aut a commentatione domestica aut a scribendo aut a cogitando. itaque tantos processus efficiebat ut evolare, non excurrere videretur;

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142A C. CALPURNIUS PISO FRUGI

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] There was also a man of conspicuous learning, C. Visellius Varro, my cousin, who was similar in age to Sicinius [C. Sicinius (141)]. When he, after his curule aedileship, was serving as chair of a court, he passed away. In his case I confess that the judgment of the multitude differed from my judgment. For his oratory found no ready sale with the People: his oratory was abrupt to some extent and obscure because very clever, and also fast and unclear because of speed. Yet I could not easily name anyone superior in appropriateness of diction or in frequent use of well-expressed thoughts. Moreover, he was thoroughly trained in literature, and he had mastery of civil law already passed on to him from his father Aculeo [C. Aculeo, husband of Cicero’s aunt Helvia].

142A C. CALPURNIUS PISO FRUGI

54, 68; Fam. 14.2.2); he died in 57 BC before Cicero’s return to Rome (Cic. Sest. 68). In Cicero, Piso is presented as a serious and excellent speaker (T 1).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] But I have not known anyone with greater zeal and industry; to be sure, I would not easily say that even in talent anyone surpassed C. Piso, my son-in-law. For him no space of time was ever free from pleading in the forum or from rehearsal at home or from writing or from planning. Accordingly, he achieved so much progress that he seemed to fly, not to run; and his words were carefully

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019