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dicere, tali prudentia, etiam usu atque exercitatione praeditum! ... [156] agit enim sic causam T. Attius, adulescens bonus et disertus, omnis civis legibus teneri omnibus ... [160] haec si T. Attius aut cognovisset aut cogitasset, profecto ne conatus quidem esset dicere, id quod multis verbis egit, iudicem quod ei videatur statuere et non devinctum legibus esse oportere.

146 L. MANLIUS TORQUATUS FILIUS

L. Manlius Torquatus (praet. 49 BC; RE Manlius 80), a son of L. Manlius Torquatus (109), was killed in Africa in the civil war (BAfr. 96).

In Cicero, Torquatus is described as an able speaker, with extensive knowledge of literature, refined language,

T 1 Cic. Brut. 265–66

[Cicero:] “reliqui sunt, qui mortui sint, L. Torquatus, quem tu non tam cito rhetorem dixisses, etsi non deerat oratio, quam, ut Graeci dicunt, πολιτικόν. erant in eo plurimae litterae nec eae vulgares, sed interiores quaedam et reconditae, divina memoria, summa verborum et gravitas et elegantia; atque haec omnia vitae decorabat gravitas et integritas....” [266] tum Brutus Torquati et Triari mentione commotus—utrumque enim eorum admodum dilexerat—“ne ego, inquit, ut omittam cetera quae sunt

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should say such a thing, you who are endowed with such sagacity, also practice and experience! ... [156] For this is how T. Attius, an upright and eloquent young man, is conducting the case: on the assumption that all citizens are bound by all laws ... [160] Had T. Attius either realized these things or reflected upon them, he would indeed not even have attempted to say what he has set out in many words; namely, that a judge ought to decide as he thinks best and not be bound by laws.

146 L. MANLIUS TORQUATUS FILIUS

and outstanding memory (T 1; Cic. Fin. 1.13–14: 147 T1). Torquatus is made to outline Epicurean philosophy in Cicero’s treatise De finibus (Cic. Fin. 1.13–14). Torquatus was interested in poetry (Cic. Fin. 1.25, 2.107) and composed some himself (Plin. Ep.5.3.5).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] “There remain of those who are dead: L. Torquatus, whom you would not have called a technically trained orator so easily, though the ability to speak was not lacking, as, like the Greeks say, a politikos [‘statesman’]. He had very wide knowledge of literature, and that not of the ordinary, but of some more uncommon and recondite kind, a superhuman memory, the greatest dignity and refinement of language; and all this was adorned by the dignity and uprightness of his life....” [266] Thereupon Brutus said, moved by the mention of Torquatus and Triarius [C. Valerius Triarius (147), T2]—for he had greatly liked both of these men—“Ah, so as to pass over

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019