a rhetorician who flourished at Rome in the latter years of Augustus.
He was of equestrian rank, but was degraded from it on account of some remarkable scandal attached to his life. (Plin. Nat. 33.12.152
He instructed in rhetoric the poet Ovid (Senec. Controv.
x. p. 157 Bip.), the philosopher Fabianus (Id. Controv.
proem. ii.), and others.
He declaimed more frequently in Greek than in Latin (Suasor.
iv. p. 29), and his style of declamation is described by Seneca (Controv.
proem. ii. p. 134), as more brilliant than solid, antithetical rather than eloquent. Seneca, however, highly commends his statement (explicatio
) of an argument. (Suasor.
iv.) His eulogy of Cicero (Suasor.
vii. p. 50) is the most interesting specimen of his manner. The Suasoriae and Controversiae both abound in citations from the rhetorical exercises of Fuscus. His rival in teaching and declaiming was Porcius Latro [LATRO], and their styles seem to have been exact opposites. (Comp. Controv.
ii. proem. and x. p. 157.) Pliny (Plin. Nat. 33.12.152
) reproaches Fuscus with wearing silver rings.
There were two rhetoricians of this name, a father and son, since Seneca generally affixes "pater" to his mention of Arellius Fuscus.
The praenomen of one of them was Quintus.