Scrībōnius Cūriō, Gāius

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Was a friend of Clodius Pulcher whose widow Fulvia he later married. In the 50s he joined his father (who disapproved of his personal life) in supporting the optimates. Elected tribune 50 as an enemy of Caesar, he was bribed by him with a vast sum, perhaps when his own ambitious legislation was rejected by the senate. He tried to halt the drift towards civil war, proposing to disarm both Caesar and Pompey. This was finally carried in the senate by 370 votes to 22, but the consul Claudius Marcellus refused to accept the vote. In 49 Curio served under Caesar in Italy, then was sent prō praetōrě to Sicily, which he occupied, and to Africa. There, after initial successes, he was trapped and killed by Juba I.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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