The Patrician Tribune: Publius Clodius Pulcher
The first modern, comprehensive biography of Publius Clodius Pulcher, the Roman patrician who renounced his status amidst scandal to emerge as a popular tribune of the poor during the last years of the Roman republic.
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published July 20th 1999 by University of North Carolina Press
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Nov 22, 2009 Vicki Cline rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Roman history
Clodius has been featured in several Roman mystery books, particularly in A Murder on the Appian Way by Steven Saylor, and in some of the SPQR books by John Maddox Roberts. Of course he also turns up in Colleen McCullough's series on Rome. This book is a treatment of his life and influence and gets beyond the sensationalism of the aforementioned fiction. It's pitched somewhere between a scholarly treatise and a popular biography. So it's readable but does require some concentration. I did learn...more