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Julius CaesarThe People's Dictator$
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Luciano Canfora

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748619368

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619368.001.0001

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An Inconvenient Ally: Clodius

An Inconvenient Ally: Clodius

(p.83) Chapter 12 An Inconvenient Ally: Clodius
Julius Caesar
Luciano Canfora, Julian Stringer
Edinburgh University Press

Publius Clodius Pulcher who was born into the patriciate but had become a plebeian — with the authority of Caesar as pontifex maximus — with the sole aim of being elected tribune, was the prototypically unprincipled agitator. His case is a striking illustration of the degeneration of the social struggle in the capital of the empire. He had incited mutiny among Lucullus' troops in the East. Then he had appeared as the accuser of Catiline, but later, apparently, changed sides. The most salient fact of his career, before his election as tribune, was an amorous escapade that ended badly in the house of Caesar, not long after the latter had become pontifex maximus, on the day of the festival of Bona Dea in 62 bc.

Keywords:   Julius Caesar, Publius Clodius Pulcher, agitator, social struggle, Lucullus, tribune, Catiline, pontifex maximus

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