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date: 15 July 2024

Clodius Pulcher, Publiuslocked

Clodius Pulcher, Publiuslocked

  • Guy Edward Farquhar Chilver
  •  and Andrew Lintott

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Youngest of six children of Appius *Claudius Pulcher (2). He was born c.92 bce (since quaestor in 61). In 68 he incited the troops of his brother-in-law L. *Licinius Lucullus (2) to mutiny in Armenia. When prosecuting *Catiline in 65 he was, according to Cicero, in co-operation with the defence. On his return to Rome he had been apparently friendly with *Cicero (Plut. Cic.29), but in May 61 Cicero gave damaging evidence against him when he was on trial for trespassing on the *Bona Dea festival disguised as a woman the previous December. However Clodius was narrowly acquitted by a jury said to have been heavily bribed. Next year, on returning from his quaestorian province of *Sicily, he sought transference into a plebeian *gens (see plebs): this was at first resisted, but in March 59*Caesar as *pontifex maximus presided over the comitia curiata (see curia(1)) at which the adoption was ratified.

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  • Roman History and Historiography

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