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Gāius Memmius


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Married Sulla's daughter Fausta. In 66 bc, apparently as tribune, he succeeded in delaying the triumph of Licinius Lucullus. As praetor 58 he was hostile to Caesar. In 57 he went as governor to Bithynia. In 55 he divorced Fausta, who now married Annius Milo, in 54 stood for consul with Caesar's support; but his chances were ruined by an electoral scandal which he himself revealed; eventually condemned for ambitus, he went into exile in Athens (52). Memmius was a literary patron; Catullus and Helvius Cinna accompanied him to Bithynia, and Lucretius dedicated his De rerum natura to him.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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