oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - Election bribery and forensic strategy in Cicero's Planciana
|Article Title||Election bribery and forensic strategy in Cicero's Planciana|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Journal||Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History|
|Affiliations||1 University Karoli Gaspar, Hungary|
|Publication Date||Jan 2011|
|Pages||96 - 111|
The speech in defence of Cnaeus Plancius was delivered in early autumn 54 BC, immediately before or after the oratio in defence of M Aemilius Scaurus. Cn Plancius won the office of aedilis of the year 54 BC upon which his defeated opponent, M Iuventius Laterensis, charged him with ambitus (bribery, illegal canvassing for office) - something which often happened in Rome. As co-prosecutor, L Cassius Longinus sided with Laterensis while Cicero (and Hortensius) provided the defence. As was his custom, Cicero rose to speak last. The court of justice was chaired by C Alfius Flavus, of whom - in spite of his affiliation to the people's party - Cicero otherwise spoke well.
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