oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - Election bribery and forensic strategy in Cicero's



The speech in defence of Cnaeus Plancius was delivered in early autumn 54 BC, immediately before or after the in defence of M Aemilius Scaurus. Cn Plancius won the office of of the year 54 BC upon which his defeated opponent, M Iuventius Laterensis, charged him with (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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