The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Shorter Notes

The Death of Lucius Equitius on 10 December 100 b.c.1

J. Lea Benessa1 and T. W. Hillarda2

a1 University of New England, Australia

a2 Macquarie University, Australia

The picture of L. Appuleius Saturninus' last days is usually derived from the straightforward narrative account found in Appian's Civil Wars, an account which modern analysis has shown to be flawed. That narrative may be glossed as follows. At the consular elections for the year 99, Saturninus (a tribune who had that year been elected to a third tribunate) and Glaucia (a praetor and candidate for the consulship) instigated the death of a more hopeful contender. Chaos followed. On the following day, when the People (demos) had made its intention to do away with the ‘malefactors’ absolutely plain, Saturninus, Glaucia and the quaestor Saufeius seized the Capitol with followers from the country. The Senate voted for their suppression and Marius invested the hill. With hopes of a safe conduct, the beseiged surrendered and Marius detained them in the curia. Those who feared that the seditiosi might escape rough justice broke in and killed, amongst others, ‘a quaestor, a tribune and a praetor, still decorated with the insignia of office. Many others also perished in the stasis, including another tribune, thought to be the son of Gracchus and being a tribune for the first time on that very day’: ταμίαν τε καxs22EF δήμαρχον καxs22EF στρατηγόν, xs1F14τι περικειμxs22EFνους τxs22EF σxs22EFμβολα τxs22EFς xs22EFρχxs22EFς. πολxs1F7Aς δxs22EF καxs22EF xs1F04λλος xs1F45μιλος xs22EFν τxs1FC7 στάσει διxs22EFφθαρτο καxs22EF δήμαρχος xs1F15τερος, xs22EF τοxs22EF Γράκχου παxs1FD6ς εxs1F36ναι νομιζxs22EFμενος, πρxs1F7Dτην δημαρχxs22EFν xs22EFκεxs22EFνην xs22EFμxs22EFραν.


1 The authors would like to thank T. J. Cornell, E. A. Judge, B. A. Marshall, R. Seager and the Editors for their useful criticism.