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The Patrician Tribune: Publius Clodius Pulcher

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Publius Clodius Pulcher was a prominent political figure during the last years of the Roman Republic. Born into an illustrious patrician family, his early career was sullied by military failures and especially by the scandal that resulted from his allegedly disguising himself as a woman in order to sneak into a forbidden religious ceremony in the hope of seducing Caesar's ...more
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published July 20th 1999 by University of North Carolina Press
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Vicki Cline
Nov 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Roman history
Shelves: ancient-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
Drianne
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Good biography of Clodius, although I really did want the author to have more insight into his psychology, and I kind of disagree with some of his conclusion's about Clodius' character overall.
Roman Clodia
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
There are some scholarly works which are also great and entertaining reads - but sadly this isn't one of them. For anyone working on the politics of the late Republic, or the rather fascinating Clodian family then this is a book which we can't ignore. And it is detailed and comprehensive in tracing P.Clodius Pulcher's career: his exemplary family history, the scandalous Bona Dea episode, the change of name from the patrician Claudius to the plebeian Clodius before being elected Tribune of the Pl ...more
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