Sulpicius Rufus, Servius

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Roman lawyer. He prosecuted Licinius Mūrēna when defeated by him in the consular elections for 62 bc; in his speech Pro Murena Cicero makes fun of Sulpicius' legal expertise. He was eventually consul in 51. After hesitation he half‐heartedly joined Pompey in 49; Caesar pardoned him, and in 46 he governed Achaia. He died on an embassy to Antony (Marcus Antonius ) in January 43, and was honoured with a public funeral. Known to lawyers as Servius, he was, next to Mucius Scaevola (2), the leading lawyer of the Roman republic and the first after Mucius to attain the consulship. A student of philosophy, he extended Scaevola's efforts at classification, e.g. by distinguishing four types of theft. He wrote Cicero two celebrated letters (see consolation; letters, latin). He was the father of Sulpicia.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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