Licinius Macer Calvus
Son of Licinius Macer and thus a member of the gens Licinia, he was a friend of the poet Catullus, whose style and subject matter he shared. Calvus' oratical style opposed the "Asian" school in favor of a simpler Attic model: he characterized Cicero as wordy and artificial. Twenty-one speeches are mentioned, including several against Publius Vatinius.
Calvus was apparently short, since Catullus alludes to him as salaputium disertum. Seneca the Elder also mentions his short stature, and refers a story in which Calvus asked to be raised to a platform, so that he could defend one of his clients.
F. Plessis published fragments of Calvus in 1896.
- Weiss, M. "An Oscanism in Catullus 53", Classical Philology 91 (1996) 353–359.
- Catullus 53.5 (eloquent wit-refiner)
- Seneca the Elder, Controversiae, 7.4.6