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date: 29 November 2020

Cornificius, Quintuslocked

  • Theodore John Cadoux
  •  and Robin Seager

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Quintus Cornificius, of recent senatorial family, was an orator and poet and a friend of *Catullus and *Cicero (cf. Catull. 38. 1, Cic.Fam. 12. 17–30). He wrote a lost *epyllionGlaucus. As quaestor pro praetore in 48 bce he recovered Illyricum for *Caesar and helped to defend it against the Pompeian fleet (see pompey). In 46 he was in charge of Cilicia, perhaps as legatus pro praetore; soon, however, Caesar assigned him to Syria and the war against Q. *Caecilius Bassus; what he did in this command is not known. He was praetor (probably) in 45, and in the summer of 44, probably in accordance with Caesar's appointment, he went as governor to Africa Vetus, and continued to hold it for the senate in disregard of the claims of C. *Calvisius Sabinus. In 43 the triumvirs (*Octavian, M. *Antonius (2) (Mark Antony), and *M.

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