Cornelius Scipio Nasica Serapio, Publius

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In 133 he vigorously opposed his cousin Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus 2. When Gracchus mobilized a mob to seek re‐election as tribune, he was accused of aiming at tyranny, but the consul saw no reason to take action. Scipio, calling on those who wanted to keep the republic safe to follow him, led a charge by senators and their clients (see cliens) against Gracchus, in which the latter was killed. The deed was ever after applauded by optimates and execrated by populares. Sent to Asia as head of a mission in connection with the annexation of the province, but in part to remove him from popular fury, he died at Pergamum.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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