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Publius Clodius

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SPSood
1251053.  Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:45 pm Reply with quote

According to Roman writer Suetonius, Pubius Clodius was a man who disguised himself as a woman and seducing Pompeia (Quintus Pompeius' daughter) at the Feast of the Good Goddess. The kicker is the fact that Pompeia was married to Julius Caesar. Caesar divorced her due to this suspected infidelity.

 
Alexander Howard
1251109.  Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:39 pm Reply with quote

Publius Clodius Pulcher: he was one of those busy, dissolute characters all respectable society would shun but somehow could not do without.

He was born as 'Claudius', of a patrician family, but changed his name to the more plebian 'Clodius' so he could be elected as Tribunus Plebis. His intrusion on the feast, from which all men were excluded by religious obligation, and his attempt to seduce Pompeia, was the scandal which finally did for him. He found himself accused of incest, a capital charge, and only got off by massive bribery (Italy does not change much).

One of his wives was possibly Catullus's 'Lesbia'. One of his daughters married Augustus, before he was Augustus (although apparently he divorced her without having consummated the marriage).

The death of Clodius is a lesson: if you have enemies in Rome, do not travel light: 30 armed slaves are not enough of a bodyguard.

 
tetsabb
1251405.  Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:07 pm Reply with quote

Ancestor of Berlusconi?

 

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