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FRL V: ORATORY, PART 3

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On Cn. Pompeius Magnus to the People (F5)

As consul in 56 BC, Lentulus questioned and spoke against the excessive powers pursued by M. Licinius Crassus Dives (102) and Cn. Pompeius Magnus (111) (Cass. Dio.

F 5 Val. Max. 6.2.6

Cn. Lentulus Marcellinus consul, cum in contione de Magni Pompei nimia potentia quereretur, adsensusque ei clara voce universus populus esset, “acclamate” inquit, “acclamate, Quirites, dum licet: iam enim vobis impune facere non licebit.”

129 P. RUTILIUS LUPUS

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129 P. RUTILIUS LUPUS

Clodius Pulcher’s (137)] arsons, killings, and stonings, he gave his opinion that the city praetor should personally appoint judges by lot and that, when judges had been appointed by lot, elections should be held; any person obstructing the trials would be acting contrary to the Republic. This proposal was warmly approved; C. Cato [C. Porcius Cato (136), another new tr. pl. for 56 BC] spoke against it, as did Cassius [identity uncertain], amid very loud cries of protest from the Senate, since they put the elections before the trials.

On Cn. Pompeius Magnus to the People (F 5)

39.27.3, 39.28.5, 39.30.1–2; Plut. Pomp.51.6–8; Crass. 15.2–3; Apophth. Pomp.12).

F 5 Valerius Maximus, Memorable Doings and Sayings

When Cn. Lentulus Marcellinus, the consul [56 BC], was complaining at a public meeting of Pompey the Great’s [Cn. Pompeius Magnus (111)] excessive power, and the entire People loudly agreed with him, he said: “Applaud, Romans, applaud while you may; for soon you will not be allowed to do it with impunity.”

129 P. RUTILIUS LUPUS

P. Rutilius Lupus (praet. 49 BC; RE Rutilius 27) favored Cn. Pompeius Magnus (111) and opposed C. Iulius Caesar (121) after being elected Tribune of the People for 56 BC.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019