A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890

a jurist, the brother of M. Virgilius, who accused Sulla P. C. 86. It was probably the jurist who was quaestor B. C. 84, and who was afterwards praetor of Asia. (Cic. pro Flac. 19.) He may also have been the Aufidius once talked of as one of Cicero's competitors for the consulship, B. C. 63. (Cic. Att. 1.1.) In pleading private causes, he imitated the manner of T. Juventius

and his disciple, P. Orbius, both of whom were sound lawyers and shrewd but unimpassioned speakers. Cicero, in whose lifetime he died at a very advanced age, mentions him rather slightingly as a good and harmless man, but no great orator. (Brutus, 48.)