P. Clodius Pulcher and the Praetorship That Never Was

Author: Morrel, Kit
Title: P. Clodius Pulcher and the Praetorship That Never Was
Review/Collection: Historia Volume 72, January 2023, issue 1
Editor: Franz Steiner Verlag
Year edition: 2023
Pages: 29-57
Keywords: Droit - Diritto - Law, Histoire - Storia - History, Prosopographie - Prosopografia - Prosopography
Description: According to Cicero, Clodius had been a candidate for the praetorship of 53 BCE suo anno but deferred his candidacy when the elections were excessively delayed. In an influential paper, Badian argued that Clodius’ proper year was 52 and that Cicero was guilty of misrepresentation. By reviewing the evidence and the workings of the lex annalis, this paper makes the case that Clodius did indeed postpone his praetorship, in order to have more time to pursue his legislative programme. That in turn has implications for our understanding of Clodius the politician and of the place of legislation in Roman politics [Author].
Author initials: Morrel 2023