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FRL V: ORATORY, PART 3

Triario, adulescente parato ad dicendum et notae industriae—filio eius qui in Sardinia contra M. Lepidum arma tulerat et post in Asia legatus Pontoque L. Luculli fuerat, cum is bellum contra Mithridatem gereret—postulatus <est>1 apud M. Catonem praetorem repetundarum, ut in Actis scriptum est, pridie Nonas Quintil. post diem tertium quam C. Cato erat absolutus.

F 2 Val. Max. 8.1.abs.10

M. quoque Aemilius Scaurus, repetundarum reus, adeo perditam et comploratam defensionem in iudicium attulit ut, cum accusator diceret lege sibi centum atque viginti hominibus denuntiare testimonium licere, seque non recusare quominus absolveretur, si totidem nominasset quibus in provincia nihil abstulisset, tam bona condicione uti non potuerit. tamen propter vetustissimam nobilitatem et recentem memoriam patris absolutus est.

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L. Munatius Plancus (cos. 42, censor 22 BC; RE Munatius 30), a brother of T. Munatius Plancus Bursa (150) (T3), was a pupil and friend of Cicero (T 4; Cic. Fam. 10.3.2, 13.29.1; Hieron. Ab Abr. 1992 = 25 BC [p.164h Helm]).

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about him, he was taken to court by P. Valerius Triarius, a young man ready to speak and of known industry—the sonof the man [C. Valerius Triarius; RE Valerius 363] who had taken up arms against M. Lepidus [M. Aemilius Lepidus (95)] in Sardinia and later in Asia and Pontus had been legate of L. Lucullus [L. Licinius Lucullus (90)], when the latter waged war against Mithridates—before M. Cato, the praetor in charge of the extortion court [M. Porcius Cato (126), praet. 54 BC], as is written in the records, on the day before the Nones of Quintilis [July 6], on the third day after C. Cato [C. Porcius Cato (136)] had been acquitted.

F 2 Valerius Maximus, Memorable Doings and Sayings

M. Aemilius Scaurus, too, prosecuted for extortion, brought a hopeless and lamentable defense into court, so much so that, when the prosecutor said that under the law he was permitted to call one hundred and twenty witnesses and that he would not object to his acquittal if he [Scaurus] had named that number of persons from whom he had taken nothing in the province, he [Scaurus] was unable to take advantage of so fair an offer. All the same, because of his age-old nobility and the recent memory of his father [M. Aemilius Scaurus (43)], he was acquitted.

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Plancus was also on good terms with C. Iulius Caesar (121): he was his legate from 54 BC and served under him during the civil war. In 46 BC he became city prefect; after Caesar’s death Plancus was provincial governor in Gallia

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019