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FRL V: ORATORY, PART 3

est quod adicit orator. [40] ... [41] et Caelius cum omnia venustissime finxit, tum illud ultimum: “hic subsecutus quo modo transierit, utrum rati an piscatorio navigio, nemo sciebat: Siculi quidem, ut sunt lascivi et dicaces, aiebant in delphino sedisse et sic tamquam Ariona transvectum.”

F 40 Plin. HN 35.165

Samia testa Matris deum sacerdotes qui Galli vocantur virilitatem amputare, nec aliter citra perniciem, M. Caelio credamus, qui linguam sic amputandam obiecit gravi probro, tamquam et ipse iam tunc eidem Vitellio malediceret.

163 L. HERENNIUS BALBUS

L. Herennius Balbus (RE Herennius 18), like P. Clodius (164 F 1), supported the prosecutor L. Sempronius Atratinus (171 F 1–7), in the case against M. Caelius Rufus (162), who was defended by himself (162 F23–28), M. Licinius Crassus Dives (102 F 12–13), and Cicero (Cic. Cael.), who engages with points allegedly made by Balbus (TLRR 275).

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163 L. HERENNIUS BALBUS

yet what the orator adds is wittiest. [40] ... [41] And Caelius has fashioned everything very delightfully, but especially that passage at the very end: “He followed; but how he crossed over, by raft or by fishing boat, nobody knew. The Sicilians, though, as they have a naughty sense of humor and a ready tongue, said he rode on a dolphin and so made the crossing like Arion [cf. Hdt. 1.23–24].”

F 40 Pliny the Elder, Natural History

The priests of the Mother of the Gods, who are called Galli, castrate themselves with a piece of Samian pottery, the only way of avoiding dangerous results, if we believe M. Caelius; he brought up in a harsh insult that the tongue [presumably of an opponent] should be cut out in the same way, just as if already at that point he were himself inveighing against the same Vitellius [emperor Vitellius, AD 69, criticized for extravagant dishes in what precedes].

163 L. HERENNIUS BALBUS

After P. Clodius Pulcher’s (137) death, Balbus requested slaves of T. Annius Milo (138) and his wife for examination (TLRR 306, 307; Marshall 1985, 173; Asc. in Cic. Mil., arg. [p.34.13–14 C.]).

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019