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FRL V: ORATORY, PART 3

153 Q. POMPEIUS RUFUS

Q. Pompeius Rufus (tr. pl. 52 BC; RE Pompeius 41), a grandson of Q. Pompeius Rufus (83) and of L. Cornelius Sulla, prosecuted M. Valerius Messalla Rufus, a candidate for the consulship, for bribery in 54 BC, but the trial seems not have been carried through (TLRR 299; Cic. Att. 4.17.5; Q Fr. 3.2.3, 3.3.2).

As Tribune to the People (F1–2)

Along with his tribunician colleagues in 52 BC (150 F1, 2, 4, 5; 152 F 2), Pompeius delivered speeches before the People (Asc. in Cic. Mil., arg. [p.33 C.]; CCMR, App. A:

F 1

a Cic. Mil. 45

dictatoris Lanuvini stata sacrificia nosse negoti nihil erat. vidit necesse esse Miloni proficisci Lanuvium illo ipso quo est profectus die: itaque antevertit. at quo die? quo, ut ante dixi, fuit insanissima contio ab ipsius mercennario tribuno plebis concitata: quem diem ille, quam contionem, quos clamores, nisi ad cogitatum facinus approperaret, numquam reliquisset.

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153 Q. POMPEIUS RUFUS

153 Q. POMPEIUS RUFUS

As Tribune of the People in 52 BC, Pompeius was involved in the activities that led to the burning of the Senate house. Prosecuted on that account after his Tribunate by M. Caelius Rufus (162 F 32), he was found guilty (Cass. Dio 40.55.1; Val. Max. 4.2.7) and went into exile (TLRR 328).

As Tribune to the People (F 1–2)

331, 334, 335) against T. Annius Milo (138) and in vindication of P. Clodius Pulcher (137).

F 1

a Cicero, Pro Milone

It was no trouble to ascertain the fixed sacrifices of the Dictator of Lanuvium [Milo’s role]. He [P. Clodius Pulcher (137)] saw that it would be necessary for Milo to set off for Lanuvium [place in Latium southeast of Rome] on the very day on which he set off: accordingly, he anticipated him. But on what day? On that day, as I mentioned before [Cic. Mil. 27], on which an extremely frenzied public meeting was roused by a Tribune of the People in his [Clodius’] pay: a day, a meeting, clamor that he would never have left, had he not hastened to a premeditated crime.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019