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FRL V: ORATORY, PART 3

In the Senate in Early February 43 BC (F4)

F 4 Cic. Phil. 9.3

ut igitur alia, sic hoc, C. Pansa, praeclare quod et nos ad honorandum Ser. Sulpicium cohortatus es et ipse multa copiose de illius laude dixisti.

In the Senate in Mid-February 43 BC (F5)

F 5 Cic. Phil. 10.1, 17

maximas tibi, Pansa, gratias omnes et habere et agere debemus qui, cum hodierno die senatum te habiturum non arbitraremur, ut M. Bruti, praestantissimi civis, litteras accepisti, ne minimam quidem moram interposuisti quin quam primum maximo gaudio et gratulatione frueremur. cum factum tuum gratum omnibus debet esse, tum vero oratio qua recitatis litteris usus es. declarasti enim verum esse id quod ego semper sensi, neminem alterius qui suae confideret virtuti invidere.... [17] ... an vero, si quid esset quod a M. Bruto timendum videretur, Pansa id non videret, aut, si videret, non laboraret? quis aut sapientior ad coniecturam rerum futurarum aut ad propulsandum metum diligentior? atqui huius animum erga M. Brutum studiumque vidistis. praecepit oratione sua quid decernere nos de Bruto, quid sentire oporteret, tantumque afuit ut periculosum rei publicae M. Bruti putaret exercitum ut in eo firmissimum rei publicae praesidium et gravissimum poneret.

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160 C. VIBIUS PANSA

In the Senate in Early February 43 BC (F 4)

F 4 Cicero, Philippics

In this as in other respects, C. Pansa, you have acted outstandingly in that you both urged us to honor Ser. Sulpicius [Ser. Sulpicius Rufus (118)] and yourself said much at length in his praise.

In the Senate in Mid-February 43 BC (F 5)

F 5 Cicero, Philippics

All of us, Pansa, ought to feel and express the greatest gratitude to you; for, although we were not expecting you to hold a meeting of the Senate today, nevertheless, after you had received a letter from Brutus [M. Iunius Brutus (158)], a most distinguished citizen, you did not let even the slightest of intervals delay our immediate enjoyment of so great a cause for happiness and congratulation. Your action should be welcome to everybody, and particularly the speech that you delivered after the letter had been read. For you proved true something that I have always observed, that a man who is confident of his own worth is never jealous of another’s.... [17] ... In fact, if there were anything that might seem to cause fear of Brutus, would not Pansa see that; or, seeing it, would he not be concerned? Who is either wiser in forecasting the future or more conscientious in warding off a threat? And yet you have seen his attitude toward Brutus and his support. In his speech he told us what we should decree concerning Brutus, what we should feel; and he was so far from thinking Brutus’ army a danger to the Republic that he placed in it the Republic’s strongest and weightiest protection.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019