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FRL V: ORATORY, PART 3

F 6 Cic. Corn. I, F 10 Puccioni = 14 Crawford, ap. Asc. in Cic. Corn. I (pp.56–57 KS = 64.11–16 C.)

“legem,” inquit, “de libertinorum suffragiis Cornelius C. Manilio dedit.” quid est hoc “dedit”? attulit? an rogavit? an hortatus est? attulisse1 ridiculum est, quasi legem aliquam aut ad scribendum difficilem aut ad excogitandum reconditam: quae lex paucis his annis non modo scripta sed etiam lata esset.

145 T. ACCIUS PISAURENSIS

T 1 Cic. Brut. 271

[Cicero:] itaque ne hos quidem equites Romanos, amicos nostros, qui nuper mortui sunt, <omittam>1...T. Accium Pisaurensem, cuius accusationi respondi pro A. Cluentio, qui et accurate dicebat et satis copiose, eratque praeterea doctus Hermagorae praeceptis, quibus etsi ornamenta non satis opima dicendi, tamen, ut hastae velitibus amentatae, sic apta quaedam et parata singulis causarum generibus argumenta traduntur.

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145 T. ACCIUS PISAURENSIS

F 6 Cicero, Pro Cornelio (quoted by Asconius)

“Cornelius,” he says, “gave the law about the voting rights of freedmen to C. Manilius [tr. pl. 66 BC].”1 What does this “gave” mean? He brought it with him? Or he asked for approval? Or he urged the passage? That he brought it with him [as a draft] is ridiculous, as if it were some law either difficult to compose or obscure to think out: for the last few years this law had not only been written down, but also been passed.

145 T. ACCIUS PISAURENSIS

T. Accius (RE Accius 1a) of Pisaurum (modern Pesaro on the Adriatic), a Roman knight, is described in Cicero as an accurate and reasonably eloquent speaker, familiar with the principles of the Greek rhetorician Hermagoras (T 1).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] For this reason not even these Roman knights, our friends, who have died recently, <shall I pass over>: ... [cf. 143 + 144 F 3] ... T. Accius of Pisaurum, in reply to whose prosecution I acted on behalf of A. Cluentius [Habitus]; he spoke both painstakingly and with tolerable eloquence; and he was trained, moreover, in the rules of Hermagoras, which, though they do not supply sufficiently the richest embellishments of oratory, yet, like spears fitted with throwing straps for the light-armed, thus furnish some outlines of argument ready for use and available for every single type of case [cf. 141 T 1].

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019