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FRL V: ORATORY, PART 3

timuisse dicis.... [91] nam quod te esse in re publica liberum es gloriatus, id ego et fateor et laetor et tibi etiam in hoc gratulor; quod me autem negasti, in eo neque te neque quemquam diutius patiar errare.... [95] nunc venio ad illud extremum in quo dixisti, dum Planci in me meritum verbis extollerem, me arcem facere e cloaca lapidemque e sepulcro venerari pro deo; neque enim mihi insidiarum periculum ullum neque mortis fuisse.

168 L. CASSIUS LONGINUS

Against Cn. Plancius (F1)

In 54 BC Cassius assisted M. Iuventius Laterensis (167 F1–2) in the prosecution of Cn. Plancius, who had won the election to the curule aedileship, under the Lex Licinia de sodaliciis of 55 BC (LPPR, p.407). Cn. Plancius was

F 1 Cic. Planc. 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 66, 68, 69, 71

sed venio iam ad L. Cassium, familiarem meum, cuius ex oratione ne illum quidem Iuventium tecum expostulavi, quem ille omni et humanitate et virtute ornatus adulescens primum de plebe aedilem curulem factum esse dixit. in quo, Cassi, si ita tibi respondeam, nescisse id populum

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168 L. CASSIUS LONGINUS

you have boasted that you were free in political matters; I grant you this, I am delighted, and I even congratulate you on this; but when you deny this to me, I cannot allow either you or anyone else to remain under a delusion in the matter any longer.... [95] I come now to that final point when you said that, by bestowing fulsome phrases upon Plancius’ services to myself, I was making a triumphal arch out of a sewer and honoring a piece of sepulchral masonry like a god; for, as you allege, for me there was no danger of either conspiracy or murder.

168 L. CASSIUS LONGINUS

L. Cassius Longinus (tr. pl. 44 BC; RE Cassius 65) was a brother of C. Cassius Longinus, one of Caesar’s assassins.

Against Cn. Plancius (F 1)

acquitted, defended by Cicero (Cic. Planc.), who in his speech comments on the points allegedly raised by the opponent (TLRR 293).

F 1 Cicero, Pro Plancio

But I now come to L. Cassius, a friend of mine: as a result of his speech, I have not pressured you [M. Iuventius Laterensis (167), F 2] even as regards that Iuventius whom that young man [Cassius], adorned with every aspect of culture and excellence, mentioned as being the first plebeian to be elected curule aedile [4th cent. BC]. As to that, Cassius, if I was replying to you that the Roman

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019