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FRL V: ORATORY, PART 3

Gracchi privatus in libertatem rem publicam vindicavit, Q. Scaevola augure, qui peritissimus iuris idemque percomis est habitus. [213] iam duorum abavorum quam est inlustre nomen, P. Scipionis, qui bis consul fuit, qui estCorculum dictus, alterius omnium sapientissimi, C. Laeli.”

On Clodius’ Death in the Senate (F2)

F 2 Asc. in Cic. Mil., arg. (pp.30–31 KS = 34.21–35.16 C.)

post diem tricesimum fere quam erat Clodius occisus Q. Metellus Scipio in senatu contra Q. Caepionem1 conquestus est de hac caede P. Clodi. falsum esse dixit, quod Milo sic se defenderet, <s>ed2 Clodium Aricinos decuriones alloquendi gratia abisse profectum cum sex ac XX servis; Milonem subito post horam quartam, senatu misso, cum servis amplius CCC armatis obviam ei contendisse et supra

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154 Q. CAEC. MET. PIUS SCIPIO NASICA

[P. Cornelius Scipio Nasica Serapio (38)], who as a private person restored the Republic to liberty from the domination of Ti. Gracchus [Ti. Sempronius Gracchus (34)]; and Q. Scaevola the augur [Q. Mucius Scaevola (50)], who was regarded as the most learned in the law and at the same time a man of most gracious bearing. [213] As to his two great-great-grandfathers, how distinguished is the name of P. Scipio, who was twice consul and who was called Corculum [P. Cornelius Scipio Nasica Corculum, cos. 162, 155, censor 159 BC], and of that other, wisest of all, C. Laelius [C. Laelius Sapiens (20)]!”

On Clodius’ Death in the Senate (F 2)

In 52 BC Scipio Nasica spoke in the Senate about the killing of P. Clodius Pulcher (137), criticizing T. Annius Milo (138).

F 2 Asconius on Cicero, Pro Milone

About thirty days after Clodius [P. Clodius Pulcher (137)] had been killed, Q. Metellus Scipio, [speaking] in the Senate against Q. Caepio [name and identity uncertain], complained about this murder of P. Clodius. He said that it was wrong what Milo [T. Annius Milo (138)] said in his defense along these lines, but that Clodius had left in order to address the decurions in Aricia [modern Ariccia, town in the Alban Hills near Rome], having set off with twenty-six slaves; suddenly, after the fourth hour, after the Senate had been adjourned, Milo, with more than three hundred armed slaves had come against him and had attacked him unawares <on> the march beyond Bovillae

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019