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Cicero, Brutus, 262


tum Brutus: Orationes quidem eius mihi vehementer probantur. Compluris autem legi atque etiam commentarios (compluris autem legi) ...commentarii Stangl , quos idem scripsit rerum suarum. Valde quidem quos idem Stangl : quos Bake : quosdam L , inquam, probandos; nudi enim sunt, recti et venusti, omni ornatu orationis tamquam veste detracta detracto Lambinus . Sed dum voluit alios habere parata, unde sumerent qui vellent scribere historiam, ineptis gratum fortasse fecit, qui illa volent illa volent Suefon. : volunt illa L calamistris inurere: sanos quidem homines a scribendo deterruit; nihil est enim enim est BHM in historia pura et inlustri brevitate dulcius. Sed ad eos, si placet, qui vita excesserunt, revertamur.Indeed," said Brutus, "his orations please me highly; for I have had the satisfaction to read several of them. He has likewise written some commentaries, or short memoirs, of his own transactions;""... and such," said I, "as merit the highest approbation: for they are plain, correct, and graceful, and divested of all the ornaments of language, so as to appear (if I may be allowed the expression) in a kind of undress. But while he pretended only to furnish the loose materials, for such as might be inclined to compose a regular history, he may, perhaps, have gratified the vanity of a few literary embroiderers; but he has certainly prevented all sensible men from attempting any improvement on his plan. For in history, nothing is more pleasing than a correct and elegant brevity of expression. With your leave, however, it is high time to return to those orators who have quitted the stage of life.


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1. Plato, Symposium, None (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

215b. he is likest to the Silenus-figures that sit in the statuaries’ shops; those, I mean, which our craftsmen make with pipes or flutes in their hands: when their two halves are pulled open, they are found to contain images of gods. And I further suggest that he resembles the satyr Marsyas. Now, as to your likeness, Socrates, to these in figure, I do not suppose even you yourself will dispute it; but I have next to tell you that you are like them in every other respect. You are a fleering fellow, eh? If you will not confess it, I have witnesses at hand. Are you not a piper?
2. Thucydides, The History of The Peloponnesian War, 7.69.2 (5th cent. BCE - 4th cent. BCE)

7.69.2. Meanwhile Nicias, appalled by the position of affairs, realizing the greatness and the nearness of the danger now that they were on the point of putting out from shore, and thinking, as men are apt to think in great crises, that when all has been done they have still something left to do, and when all has been said that they have not yet said enough, again called on the captains one by one, addressing each by his father's name and by his own, and by that of his tribe, and adjured them not to belie their own personal renown, or to obscure the hereditary virtues for which their ancestors were illustrious; he reminded them of their country, the freest of the free, and of the unfettered discretion allowed in it to all to live as they pleased; and added other arguments such as men would use at such a crisis, and which, with little alteration, are made to serve on all occasions alike—appeals to wives, children, and national gods,—without caring whether they are thought common-place, but loudly invoking them in the belief that they will be of use in the consternation of the moment.
3. Cicero, Brutus, 258-259, 261, 250 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

4. Cicero, Brutus, 258-259, 261-262, 250 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

250. Itaque et lectis utitur verbis et frequentibus sententiis sententiis add. Jahn et splendore vocis et et add. vulg. dignitate motus fit speciosum et inlustre quod dicit dicit Orelli : dicitur L , omniaque sic suppetunt, ut ei nullam deesse virtutem oratoris putem; maximeque laudandus est, qui hoc tempore ipso, quod quod Peter : cum L liceat in hoc communi nostro et quasi fatali malo, consoletur se cum conscientia optimae mentis turn etiam usurpatione et renovatione doctrinae. Vidi enim Mytilenis nuper virum atque, ut dixi, vidi plane virum. Itaque cum eum antea tui similem in dicendo viderim, tum vero nunc a doctissimo viro tibique, ut intellexi, amicissimo Cratippo instructum omni copia multo videbam similiorem.
5. Cicero, On Laws, 1.5-1.6 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

6. Cicero, De Oratore, 2.36, 2.51-2.56, 2.59, 2.62-2.64 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

2.36. Historia vero testis temporum, lux veritatis, vita memoriae, magistra vitae, nuntia vetustatis, qua voce alia nisi oratoris immortalitati commendatur? Nam si qua est ars alia, quae verborum aut faciendorum aut legendorum scientiam profiteatur; aut si quisquam dicitur nisi orator formare orationem eamque variare et distinguere quasi quibusdam verborum sententiarumque insignibus; aut si via ulla nisi ab hac una arte traditur aut argumentorum aut sententiarum aut denique discriptionis atque ordinis, fateamur aut hoc, quod haec ars profiteatur, alienum esse aut cum alia aliqua arte esse commune: sed si in hac una est ea ratio atque doctrina, non, si qui aliarum artium bene locuti sunt, eo minus id est huius unius proprium; 2.51. 'Plane' inquit Catulus 'adsentior.' 'Age vero,' inquit Antonius 'qualis oratoris et quanti hominis in dicendo putas esse historiam scribere?' 'Si, ut Graeci scripserunt, summi,' inquit Catulus; 'si, ut nostri, nihil opus est oratore; satis est non esse mendacem.' 'Atqui, ne nostros contemnas,' inquit Antonius, 'Graeci quoque ipsi sic initio scriptitarunt, ut noster Cato, ut Pictor, ut Piso; 2.52. erat enim historia nihil aliud nisi annalium confectio, cuius rei memoriaeque publicae retinendae causa ab initio rerum Romanarum usque ad P. Mucium pontificem maximum res omnis singulorum annorum mandabat litteris pontifex maximus referebatque in album et proponebat tabulam domi, potestas ut esset populo cognoscendi, eique etiam nunc annales maximi nomitur. 2.53. Hanc similitudinem scribendi multi secuti sunt, qui sine ullis ornamentis monumenta solum temporum, hominum, locorum gestarumque rerum reliquerunt; itaque qualis apud Graecos Pherecydes, Hellanicus, Acusilas fuit aliique permulti, talis noster Cato et Pictor et Piso, qui neque tenent, quibus rebus ornetur oratio—modo enim huc ista sunt importata—et, dum intellegatur quid dicant, unam dicendi laudem putant esse brevitatem. 2.54. Paulum se erexit et addidit maiorem historiae sonum vocis vir optimus, Crassi familiaris, Antipater; ceteri non exornatores rerum, sed tantum modo narratores fuerunt.' 'Est,' inquit Catulus 'ut dicis; sed iste ipse Caelius neque distinxit historiam varietate colorum neque verborum conlocatione et tractu orationis leni et aequabili perpolivit illud opus; sed ut homo neque doctus neque maxime aptus ad dicendum, sicut potuit, dolavit; vicit tamen, ut dicis, superiores.' 2.55. 'Minime mirum,' inquit Antonius 'si ista res adhuc nostra lingua inlustrata non est; nemo enim studet eloquentiae nostrorum hominum, nisi ut in causis atque in foro eluceat; apud Graecos autem eloquentissimi homines remoti a causis forensibus cum ad ceteras res inlustris tum ad historiam scribendam maxime se applicaverunt: namque et Herodotum illum, qui princeps genus hoc ornavit, in causis nihil omnino versatum esse accepimus; atqui tanta est eloquentia, ut me quidem, quantum ego Graece scripta intellegere possum, magno opere delectet; et post illum Thucydides omnis dicendi artificio mea sententia facile vicit; 2.56. qui ita creber est rerum frequentia, ut verborum prope numerum sententiarum numero consequatur, ita porro verbis est aptus et pressus, ut nescias, utrum res oratione an verba sententiis inlustrentur: atqui ne hunc quidem, quamquam est in re publica versatus, ex numero accepimus eorum, qui causas dictitarunt; et hos ipsos libros tum scripsisse dicitur, cum a re publica remotus atque, id quod optimo cuique Athenis accidere solitum est, in exsilium pulsus esset; 2.59. Haec cum ille dixisset, 'quid est,' inquit 'Catule?' Caesar; 'ubi sunt, qui Antonium Graece negant scire? Quot historicos nominavit! Quam scienter, quam proprie de uno quoque dixit!' 'Id me hercule' inquit Catulus 'admirans illud iam mirari desino, quod multo magis ante mirabar, hunc, cum haec nesciret, in dicendo posse tantum.' 'Atqui, Catule,' inquit Antonius 'non ego utilitatem aliquam ad dicendum aucupans horum libros et non nullos alios, sed delectationis causa, cum est otium, legere soleo. 2.62. Sed illuc redeo: videtisne, quantum munus sit oratoris historia? Haud scio an flumine orationis et varietate maximum; neque eam reperio usquam separatim instructam rhetorum praeceptis; sita sunt enim ante oculos. Nam quis nescit primam esse historiae legem, ne quid falsi dicere audeat? Deinde ne quid veri non audeat? Ne quae suspicio gratiae sit in scribendo? Ne quae simultatis? 2.63. Haec scilicet fundamenta nota sunt omnibus, ipsa autem exaedificatio posita est in rebus et verbis: rerum ratio ordinem temporum desiderat, regionum descriptionem; vult etiam, quoniam in rebus magnis memoriaque dignis consilia primum, deinde acta, postea eventus exspectentur, et de consiliis significari quid scriptor probet et in rebus gestis declarari non solum quid actum aut dictum sit, sed etiam quo modo, et cum de eventu dicatur, ut causae explicentur omnes vel casus vel sapientiae vel temeritatis hominumque ipsorum non solum res gestae, sed etiam, qui fama ac nomine excellant, de cuiusque vita atque natura; 2.64. verborum autem ratio et genus orationis fusum atque tractum et cum lenitate quadam aequabiliter profluens sine hac iudiciali asperitate et sine sententiarum forensibus aculeis persequendum est. Harum tot tantarumque rerum videtisne nulla esse praecepta, quae in artibus rhetorum reperiantur? In eodem silentio multa alia oratorum officia iacuerunt, cohortationes, praecepta, consolationes, admonita, quae tractanda sunt omnia disertissime, sed locum suum in his artibus, quae traditae sunt, habent nullum.
7. Cicero, Letters, 2.1.1-2.1.2 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

8. Cicero, Letters, 2.1.1-2.1.2 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

9. Cicero, Letters, 2.1.1-2.1.2 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

10. Cicero, Letters To His Friends, 5.12, 15.4.2 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

11. Cicero, Letters, 2.1.1-2.1.2 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

12. Cicero, Pro Archia, 16, 15 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

15. quaeret quispiam: 'quid? illi ipsi summi viri quorum virtutes litteris proditae sunt istane doctrina quam tu effers laudibus eruditi fuerunt?' difficile est hoc de omnibus confirmare, sed tamen est certum quid quod GEea respondeam. ego multos homines excellenti animo ac virtute fuisse sine doctrina, et sine doctrina et Schütz : et ( om. p : etiam b χ1 ) sine doctrina codd. naturae ipsius habitu prope divino per se ipsos et moderatos et gravis exstitisse fateor; etiam illud adiungo, saepius ad laudem atque virtutem naturam sine doctrina naturae ... doctrina om. Ee quam sine natura valuisse doctrinam. atque idem ego hoc hoc GEe : om. cett. contendo, cum ad naturam eximiam et et GEe : atque cett. inlustrem accesserit ratio quaedam conformatioque oratio ς b1gp conformatio GE : confirmatio cett. doctrinae, tum illud nescio quid praeclarum ac singulare solere exsistere.
13. Cicero, Tusculan Disputations, 1.34, 1.117 (2nd cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

1.34. loquor de principibus; quid? quo d G 1 poëtae nonne post post st in r. V c mortem nobilitari nobilitare K 1 corr. 2 volunt? unde unde er go in ut est de ennio corr. K c(?) ergo illud: Aspicite, o cives, senis senis enni V ( 2. s V 2 ) Enni enni X ennii K 2 imaginis formam: formam V 1 urnam V rec in mg. Hic vestrum panxit panxit edd. pinxit maxima facta patrum? Enn. var. 15 mercedem gloriae flagitat ab is quorum patres adfecerat gloria, idemque: Nemo me lacrimis lacrimis X, -et pro -is in r. V c . de ratione versus afferendi cf. Va. Op. II p. 135 Cur? volito vivos per ora virum. Enn. var. 17 vivus V c sed quid poëtas? poetas s putas X poetę V c (p a m. 1, oetę in r. ) opifices post mortem nobilitari nobilitare K 1 corr. 2 volunt. quid enim Phidias sui similem speciem inclusit in clupeo Minervae, cum inscribere nomen add. Ern. non liceret? quid? quid? nostri eqs. libere Hier. in Gal. p. 517 nostri philosophi nonne in is libris ipsis, quos scribunt de contemnenda gloria, sua nomina inscribunt? 1.117. nam si si add. K c supremus ille dies non extinctionem, sed commutationem adfert loci, quid optabilius? sin autem perimit peremit GR 1 ( add. c ) V ac delet omnino, quid melius quam in mediis vitae laboribus obdormiscere et ita coniventem conibentem VK 1 (coniventẽ 2 ) conibuentem R 1 ( corr. c ) conhib. G somno consopiri sempiterno? quod si fiat, melior Enni ennii R quam Solonis oratio. hic enim noster: nemo me lacrimis decoret Enn. var. 17 inquit nec funera fletu faxit! at vero ille sapiens: Mors mea ne careat lacrimis: linquamus amicis Maerorem, memorem K 1 R 1 merorem GR c ut celebrent funera cum gemitu. Sol. fr.21
14. Julius Caesar, De Bello Gallico, 2.35.4, 4.38.5 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. BCE)

15. Ovid, Tristia, 1.7.22 (1st cent. BCE - 1st cent. CE)

16. Arrian, Anabasis of Alexander, 1.12.5 (1st cent. CE

1.12.5. ὅστις δὲ ὢν ταῦτα ὑπὲρ ἐμαυτοῦ γινώσκω, τὸ μὲν ὄνομα οὐδὲν δέομαι ἀναγράψαι, οὐδὲ γὰρ οὐδὲ ἄγνωστον ἐς ἀνθρώπους ἐστίν, οὐδὲ πατρίδα ἥτις μοί ἐστιν οὐδὲ γένος τὸ ἐμόν, οὐδὲ εἰ δή τινα ἀρχὴν ἐν τῇ ἐμαυτοῦ ἦρξα· ἀλλʼ ἐκεῖνο ἀναγράφω, ὅτι ἐμοὶ πατρίς τε καὶ γένος καὶ ἀρχαὶ οἵδε οἱ λόγοι εἰσί τε καὶ ἀπὸ νέου ἔτι ἐγένοντο, καὶ ἐπὶ τῷδε οὐκ ἀπαξιῶ ἐμαυτὸν τῶν πρώτων ἐν τῇ φωνῇ τῇ Ἑλλάδι, εἴπερ οὖν καὶ Ἀλέξανδρον τῶν ἐν τοῖς ὅπλοις.
17. Quintilian, Institutes of Oratory, 10.1.101-10.1.104 (1st cent. CE - 1st cent. CE)

18. Suetonius, De Grammaticis, 16 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)

19. Suetonius, Iulius, 7 (1st cent. CE - 2nd cent. CE)



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arrian (l. flavius arrianus) Soldo and Jackson, ›Res vera, res ficta‹: Fictionality in Ancient Epistolography (2023) 97
caesar, c. iulius Soldo and Jackson, ›Res vera, res ficta‹: Fictionality in Ancient Epistolography (2023) 97
captatio beneuolentiae Soldo and Jackson, ›Res vera, res ficta‹: Fictionality in Ancient Epistolography (2023) 97
epictetus Soldo and Jackson, ›Res vera, res ficta‹: Fictionality in Ancient Epistolography (2023) 97
gellius, lucius (? l. gellius menander/iustus) Soldo and Jackson, ›Res vera, res ficta‹: Fictionality in Ancient Epistolography (2023) 97
lecture notes Soldo and Jackson, ›Res vera, res ficta‹: Fictionality in Ancient Epistolography (2023) 97
literary criticism Soldo and Jackson, ›Res vera, res ficta‹: Fictionality in Ancient Epistolography (2023) 97
massalenus Soldo and Jackson, ›Res vera, res ficta‹: Fictionality in Ancient Epistolography (2023) 97
ovid Soldo and Jackson, ›Res vera, res ficta‹: Fictionality in Ancient Epistolography (2023) 97
plato Soldo and Jackson, ›Res vera, res ficta‹: Fictionality in Ancient Epistolography (2023) 97
plausibility Soldo and Jackson, ›Res vera, res ficta‹: Fictionality in Ancient Epistolography (2023) 97
polish Soldo and Jackson, ›Res vera, res ficta‹: Fictionality in Ancient Epistolography (2023) 97
preface Soldo and Jackson, ›Res vera, res ficta‹: Fictionality in Ancient Epistolography (2023) 97
recusatio Soldo and Jackson, ›Res vera, res ficta‹: Fictionality in Ancient Epistolography (2023) 97
socrates Soldo and Jackson, ›Res vera, res ficta‹: Fictionality in Ancient Epistolography (2023) 97
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ὑπόμνημα/ὑπομνήματα' Soldo and Jackson, ›Res vera, res ficta‹: Fictionality in Ancient Epistolography (2023) 97