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FRL V: ORATORY, PART 3

173 P. CORNELIUS DOLABELLA

P. Cornelius Dolabella (cos. suff. 44 BC; RE Cornelius 141) supported C. Iulius Caesar (121) in the civil war. In 44 BC, after Caesar’s assassination, he became consul suffectus. Afterward, he set off for the province of Asia and had C. Trebonius, one of Caesar’s assassins, killed in early 43 BC. Thereupon, Dolabella was declared a public enemy and, unable to defend himself in a military confrontation, ordered one of his own soldiers to kill him.

Dolabella studied oratory with Cicero (T 1–4). A letter from Dolabella to Cicero is extant (Cic. Fam. 9.9) as are several from Cicero to him (Cic. Fam. 9.10–14; Att.

T 1 Cic. Fam. 9.16.7

= 161 T 1.

T 2 Cic. Fam. 7.33.1–2

= 161 T 2.

T 3 Cic. Fam. 9.7.2 [ad Varronem]

...adventat enim Dolabella. eum puto magistrum fore.“πoλλoὶ μαθηταὶ κρείσσoνες διδασκάλων.” [Anth. Graec. 11.176.5]

T 4 Quint. Inst. 12.11.6

= 160 T 1.

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173 P. CORNELIUS DOLABELLA

173 P. CORNELIUS DOLABELLA

14.17a). Dolabella was the husband of Cicero’s daughter Tullia from 51 to 46 BC.

Probably in 52 BC, Dolabella was prosecuted on capital charges twice; defended by Cicero (Cic. Pro P. Cornelio Dolabella: Crawford 1984, 225–27), he was acquitted (TLRR 316, 317). As a young man in 50 BC, Dolabella prosecuted Ap. Claudius Pulcher (130) for treason and bribery; defended by Q. Hortensius Hortalus (92 F 53–54) and M. Iunius Brutus (158 F 22), the accused was acquitted (TLRR 344, 345).

T 1 Cicero, Letters to Friends

= 161 T 1.

T 2 Cicero, Letters to Friends

= 161 T 2.

T 3 Cicero, Letters to Friends [to Varro]

...for Dolabella is coming. I expect he will be the schoolmaster.1 “Many students are better than the teachers.” [Anth. Graec. 11.176.5]

T 4 Quintilian, The Orator’s Education

= 160 T 1.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019