"In Rome its leading exponent was Quintus Hortensius Hortalus, universally considered the foremost orator of the day"

 Quintus Hortensius Hortalus (114-50 BC) was a real historical figure - a successful Roman orator and statesman. He was a traditionalist and supporter of the aristocrats (the optimates faction). He worked his way up the political career ladder, clashing with Cicero over the Verres case in the year before his consulship. Later, events would push Cicero towards the optimates faction, and he would find himself often on Hortensius’ side.