Marcus Tullius Cicero: Pro Publio Sulla

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Pro Sulla is a speech delivered by M. Tullius Cicero in defence of P. Cornelius Sulla. In 62 BCE, in the aftermath of the Catilinarian conspiracy, Sulla was accused of vis (violence), specifically of having conspired with L. Sergius Catilina (Catiline) in 66 and again in 63.

Sulla was the nephew of the dictator L. Cornelius Sulla Felix. He had enriched himself greatly buying properties cheaply during his uncle's proscriptions in 81 and had been appointed patron of the colony of Pompeii by him. In 66, Sulla was elected to the consulship for 65 but, along with the other successful candidate P. Autronius Paetus, was convicted of ambitus (electoral bribery) under the lex Calpurnia of 67. As …

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Citation:
Tweedie, Fiona Catherine. "Pro Publio Sulla". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 April 2009
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