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Carbo

6. C. Papirius Carbo, with the surname ARVINA, was a son of No. 2 (Cic. Brut. 62), and throughout his life a supporter of the aristocracy, whence Cicero calls him the only good citizen in the whole family. He was tribune of the people ill B. C. 90, as we may infer from Cicero (Cic. Brut. 89), though some writers place his tribuneship a year earlier, and others a year later. In his tribuneship (Carbo and his colleague, M. Plautius Silvanus, carried a law (lex Plautia et Papiria), according to which a citizen of a federate state, who had his domicile in Italy at the time the law was passed, and had sent in his name to the praetor within sixty days after, should have the Roman franchise. Carbo distinguished himself greatly as an orator, and though according to Cicero he was wanting in acuteness, his speeches were always weighty and carried with them a high degree of authority. We still possess a fragment of one of his orations which he delivered in his tribuneship, and which Orelli (Onom. Tull. ii. p. 440) erroneously attributes to his father. [No. 2.] In this fragment (Cic. Orat. 63) he approves of the death of M. Livius Drusus, who had been murdered the year before, B. C. 91. Cicero expressly states, that he was present when the oration was delivered, which shews incontrovertibly, that it cannot belong to C. Papirius Carbo, the father, who died long before Cicero was born. He 'yas murdered in B. C. 82, in the curia Hostilia, by the praetor Brutus Damasippus [BRUTUS, No. 19], one of the leaders of the Marian party. (Cic. pro Arch. 4, Brut. 62, 90, Ad Fam. 9.21, De Orat. 3.3; Schol. Bobiens. p. 353, ed. Orelli; Vell. 2.26; Appian, App. BC 1.88.)

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