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FRL V: ORATORY, PART 3

be fully in power, not depending on anybody else’s favor; moreover, they should have regard for the People, who had been pursuing Caesar’s murderers not long ago. Thereby Piso defends Antony and reproaches his enemies; he thus

128 CN. CORNELIUS LENTULUS MARCELLINUS

Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Marcellinus (cos. 56 BC; RE Cornelius 228) is described in Cicero as an eloquent speaker, not lacking words or ideas, and showing wit (T1).

As consul designate in the second half of 57 BC, Lentu-

T 1 Cic. Brut. 247

[Cicero:] Cn.1 autem Lentulus Marcellinus nec umquam indisertus et in consulatu pereloquens visus est, non tardus sententiis, non inops verbis, voce canora, facetus satis.

In Support of the Sicilians (F2–3)

Lentulus was present at the trial of C. Verres in 70 BC (TLRR 177) and provided a witness statement (cf. Cic. Verr. 2.4.53: Cn. Lentulus Marcellinus dissuasit, sicut ip-

F 2 Cic. Div. Caec. 13

scit is qui est in consilio, C. Marcellus, scit is quem adesse video, Cn. Lentulus Marcellinus; quorum fide atque praesidio

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128 CN. CORNELIUS LENTULUS MARCELLINUS

alarms the senators and induces them not to vote Antony an enemy; he does not succeed, however, in securing for Antony the governorship of Gaul.

128 CN. CORNELIUS LENTULUS MARCELLINUS

lus was the first to be asked in the Senate for his views during the discussion about the restoration of Cicero’s house upon the latter’s return from exile (Cic. Att. 4.2.4; Har. resp.13).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] But Cn. Lentulus Marcellinus was never seen as lacking eloquence, and in his consulship [he was seen] as very eloquent, not slow in thought, not deficient in language, with a sonorous voice, fairly witty.

In Support of the Sicilians (F 2–3)

sum dicere audistis. recita. Archagathi et Lentuli testimonium.).

F 2 Cicero, Against Caecilius

He who is here as a member of the court, C. Marcellus [C. Claudius Marcellus, praet. 80 BC, proconsul in Sicilia], knows it [i.e., that the Sicilians have requested Cicero’s support]; he who I see is present, Cn. Lentulus Marcellinus,

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019