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FRL V: ORATORY, PART 3

Against Terentius Varro (F4)

F 4 Ps.-Asc. in Cic. Div. Caec. 24 (pp.193.29–94.1 Stangl)

= 92 F 22.

131 L. DOMITIUS AHENOBARBUS

L. Domitius Ahenobarbus (cos. 54 BC; RE Domitius 27), a son of Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus (69), was an opponent of C. Iulius Caesar (121); he died in the battle of Pharsalus, described poetically in Lucan (7.599–616).

T 1 Cic. Brut. 267

[Cicero:] L. Domitius nulla ille quidem arte, sed Latine tamen et multa cum libertate dicebat.

On the Lands of Amphiaraus in the Senate (F2A)

In 73 BC Domitius made an intervention in the Senate concerning the question of whether the lands of Amphiaraus were exempt from being assigned to tax collectors. The Oropians were of the opinion that this was the case as a result of L. Cornelius Sulla’s arrangements for sacred areas (SIG II3 747.20–23). Domitius supported the tax

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131 L. DOMITIUS AHENOBARBUS

Against Terentius Varro (F 4)

In 74 BC Pulcher prosecuted Terentius Varro for extortion; the accused was defended by Q. Hortensius Hortalus (92 F 21–22) (TLRR 158).

F 4 Pseudo-Asconius on Cicero, Against Caecilius

= 92 F 22.

131 L. DOMITIUS AHENOBARBUS

In Cicero it is noted that Domitius spoke without much theoretical training, but used pure Latin and exercised great liberty (T 1).

T 1 Cicero, Brutus

[Cicero:] L. Domitius spoke without any theoretical knowledge, but still in pure Latin and with great liberty.

On the Lands of Amphiaraus in the Senate (F 2A)

collectors with the argument that Sulla’s rules did not apply since Amphiaraus was not a god. The so-called senatus consultum de Amphiarai Oropii agris, epigraphically preserved, records an excerpt from Domitius’ comments (and confirms the decision that the lands are to be exempt). The controversy is alluded to by Cicero (Cic. Nat. D. 3.49).

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019