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