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FRL V: ORATORY, PART 3

T 4 Suet. De oratoribus 7 (p.84.1–3 Reifferscheid)

Munatius Plancus, Ciceronis discipulus, orator habetur insignis; qui, cum Galliam comatam regeret, Lugdunum condidit.

On Caesar’s Assassins in the Senate (F5)

F 5 Plut. Brut. 19.1

οὐ μὴν ἀλλὰ τῇ ὑστεραίᾳ τῆς βουλῆς συνελθούσης εἰς τὸ τῆς Γῆς ἱερόν, Ἀντωνίου δὲ καὶ Πλάγκου καὶ Κικέρωνος εἰπόντων περὶ ἀμνηστίας καὶ ὁμονοίας, ἔδοξε μὴ μόνον ἄδειαν εἶναι τοῖς ἀνδράσιν, ἀλλὰ καὶ γνώμην ὑπὲρ τιμῶν προθεῖναι τοὺς ὑπάτους.

On the Title Augustus in the Senate (F6)

F 6 Suet. Aug. 7.2

postea Gai Caesaris et deinde Augusti cognomen assumpsit, alterum testamento maioris avunculi, alterum Munati Planci sententia, cum quibusdam censentibus Romulum

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149 L. MUNATIUS PLANCUS

T 4 Suetonius, Lives of Illustrious Men. Orators

Munatius Plancus, a disciple of Cicero, was regarded as an outstanding orator; when he was in charge of the province Gallia Comata, he founded Lugdunum [modern Lyon].

On Caesar’s Assassins in the Senate (F 5)

After the assassination of C. Iulius Caesar (121) on the Ides of March 44 BC, Plancus was one of those who spoke in the Senate in favor of an amnesty for the assassins.

F 5 Plutarch, Life of Brutus

On the following day [March 17, 44 BC], however, the Senate met in the temple of Tellus, and Antony [M. Antonius (159)], Plancus, and Cicero spoke in favor of amnesty and concord. It was then voted not only that there should be immunity for the men [the assassins], but also that the consuls should put forward a proposal for honors.

On the Title Augustus in the Senate (F 6)

In 27 BC Plancus successfully put forward the motion in the Senate that Octavian should adopt the title Augustus (cf. Censorinus, DN 21.8; Liv. Epit. 134; Cass. Dio 53.16.6; Oros. 6.20.2; Aug. Res gest. 34.2).

F 6 Suetonius, Life of Augustus

Later he [Octavian] took the surname of Gaius Caesar and then of Augustus, the former by the will of his great-uncle, the latter on the motion of Munatius Plancus. For, when some expressed the opinion that he ought to be called

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019