|  Share | Cite

Quintus Hortensius

Hortensius, Quintus (kwĭnˈtəs hôrtĕnˈshəs) [key], 114 B.C.–50 B.C., Roman orator. He was the favorite lawyer of the patrician party and made his name as defense counsel in the bribery and embezzlement trials so frequent in Rome. At one of these trials he defended Caius Verres, who was successfully prosecuted by Cicero, Hortensius' friendly rival. Hortensius was a master of the flowery Asian style of oratory. None of his speeches have survived.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Quintus Hortensius from Infoplease:

  • Caius Verres - Verres, Caius Verres, Caius , c.120 B.C.–43 B.C., Roman administrator. He held various posts ...
  • Metellus - Metellus Metellus , ancient Roman family of the plebeian gens Caecilia. Lucius Caecilius Metellus,. ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Ancient History, Rome: Biographies