14. Study Questions Copy

Oppianicus the Younger is the current prosecutor; therefore Cicero is attempting to connect his potential untrustworthiness with that of his father.

On the surface, it could be translated as ‘often successful’, as in successfully treating his patients. But ‘victor’ implies a triumph over an enemy.

He poisoned Dinaea.

Again, he uses fraudulent wills to make money after he has murdered someone.

This is a serious matter of public fraud, but given how many people in his own family have been killed, this act of political fraud is exactly the kind of thing a man of his character would do: the jury should not be surprised that he would do this.


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