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Lutatius Catulus (2), Quintus, Roman censor, 65 BCE

Ernst Badian

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics


Published online December 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199381135 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199381135.013.3803

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Lutatius (RE 8) Catulus (2), Quintus, son of (1) above, escaped from Rome at the return of L. *Cornelius Cinna(1) in 87 bce, but seems to have come back and become aedile. On *Sulla's return he joined him and brought about the cruel death of M. *Marius Gratidianus in revenge for his father's. But he opposed lawless murders by the Sullani. Consul in 78, he opposed his colleague M. *Aemilius Lepidus(2), carried a law against violence, and secured Sulla a solemn funeral, at which the power of his veterans was displayed. When Lepidus rebelled, Catulus, as proconsul (77), was chiefly responsible for his defeat. Henceforth he was an acknowledged leader of the *optimates. He was entrusted with the rebuilding of the Capitoline temple and the *Tabularium (public archive) and dedicated the buildings in 69 with lavish games. (Cf. ILLRP 367–8.

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Subjects: Ancient Roman History

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