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Lentulus or Lentulus Sura 18. P. Cornelius Lentulus, P. F. P. N., surnamed SURA, son of the last, the man of chief note in Catiline's crew. (Cic. in Cat. 3.5, 4.6; Ascon. ad Divin. 21.) He was quaestor to Sulla in B. C. 81 (Plut. Cic. 17): before him and L. Triarius, Verres had to give an account of the monies he had received as quaestor in Cisalpine Gaul. (Cic. in Verr. 1.14.) He was soon after himself called to account for the same matter, but was acquitted. It is said that he got his cognomen of Sura from his conduct on this occasion; for when Sulla called him to account, he answered by scornfully putting out his leg, "like boys," says Plutarch, "when they make a blunder in playing at ball." (Cic. 17.) Other persons, however, had borne the name before, one perhaps of the Lentulus family. (Liv. 22.31; comp. Suet. Domit. 13; D. C. 68.9, 15.) In B. C. 75 he was praetor; and Hortensius, pleading before such a judge, had no difficulty in procuring the acquittal of Terentius Varro, when