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FRL V: ORATORY, PART 3

F 3 Cic. Brut. 271

[Cicero:] itaque ne hos quidem equites Romanos amicos nostros, qui nuper mortui sunt, <omittam>1 P. Cominium Spoletinum, quo accusante defendi C. Cornelium, in quo et compositum dicendi genus et acre et expeditum fuit ...

F 4 Cic. Corn. I, F 7 Puccioni = 6 Crawford, ap. Quint. Inst. 4.4.8

est et nuda propositio, qualis fere in coniecturalibus: “caedis ago,” “furtum obicio,” e{s}t1 ratione subiecta, ut: “maiestatem minuit C. Cornelius; nam codicem tribunus plebis ipse pro contione legit.”

= Iul. Vict., RLM, p.417.17–19.

F 5 Cic. Corn. I, F 29 Puccioni = Crawford, ap. Quint. Inst. 5.13.25

quod autem posui, referre quo quidque accusator modo dixerit, huc pertinet ut, si est minus efficaciter elocutus, ipsa eius verba ponantur, si acri et vehementi fuerit usus oratione, eandem rem nostris verbis mitioribus proferamus, ut Cicero de Cornelio: “codicem attigit” ...

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143 + 144 P. ET L. COMINII

F 3 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] For this reason, not even these Roman knights, our friends, who have died recently, <shall I pass over>: P.Cominius of Spoletum [modern Spoleto in Umbria], against whose prosecution I defended C. Cornelius; he had a well-ordered style of speaking, vigorous, and fluent ... [cf. 145 T 1]

F 4 Cicero, Pro Cornelio (quoted by Quintilian)

There are both propositions on their own, as usually in conjectural cases (“I prosecute for murder,” “I charge with theft”), and those accompanied by a reason, such as: “C. Cornelius committed an act of treason: for as Tribune of the People he read out a document in person before a public meeting.”1

F 5 Cicero, Pro Cornelio (quoted by Quintilian)

And the point I have made, that the manner in which the prosecutor has presented each point is important, applies to the following issue: if he has spoken less effectively, his actual words should be quoted; if he has used energetic and vigorous language, we should present the same matter in our own milder terms, like Cicero about Cornelius: “he touched the document” [avoiding talking of “reading”] ...

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019