Two 'also-rans', 132–129 B.C.E.

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The electoral scene in the period from 133 to 129 b.c.e. was doubtless unpredictable, even in the centuriate assembly, and any prosopographical modelling based on the available data would be adventurous. The report that Appius Claudius Pulcher (cos. 143 and bitter opponent to Scipio Aemilianus) ran in 133 for a second consulship is not implausible, and the possibility of a thwarted candidature, whatever its duration and the reason for its termination, should be registered. The successful candidates were P. Popillius Laenas and P. Rupilius, the latter a close associate of Scipio. The unsuccessful consular candidacy of Rupilius' brother Lucius should be dated to 132, 131 or 130. The elimination of the first of those options by F.X. Ryan (CQ 45 [1995], 263-5) is challenged.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)630-635
Number of pages6
JournalThe Classical Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

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  • Appius Claudius Pulcher
  • Dio
  • Gracchan
  • Rupilius
  • Scipio Aemilianus
  • consulship
  • elections
  • ‘also-ran’


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