Gaius Rabirius

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An equestrian, later a backbench senator, prominent in the action against Appuleius Saturninus in 100 bc. After some earlier attacks on him by populārēs (see optimates), he was accused of perduellio in 63 and condemned by duoviri (one of them Caesar) in a revival of an archaic process. The aim was no doubt, as Cicero says, to impugn the senate's emergency decree (see senatus consultum ultimum), which Cicero foresaw using against Catiline.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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