Sestius, Publius

Ernst Badian

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

Published online March 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780199381135 | DOI:

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Publius Sestius, one of very few senators from the humble Collina *tribus, served under C. *Antonius Hybrida as quaestor 63 bce against *Catiline and as proquaestor 62 in Macedonia. As tribune designate and tribune (58–57) he worked hard for Cicero's restoration from exile and, with T. *Annius Milo, opposed P. *Clodius Pulcher, suffering injuries in street fighting. Prosecuted for *vis (56), he was defended by M. *Licinius Crassus, Q. *Hortensius Hortalus, and Cicero and acquitted. (Cicero's speech, as published, is an *optimate manifesto.) Praetor by 54, he was prosecuted for *ambitus and again defended by Cicero and acquitted. Appointed by the Senate to Cilicia in 49, he joined *Caesar after *Pharsalus and continued to serve under him. His second wife was a daughter or granddaughter of L. *Cornelius Scipio Asiagenus, the exiled enemy of *Sulla.

Article.  271 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Roman History

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