384 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 2 figs., appends., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-7206-2
Published: December 2010
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2065-7
Published: February 2014
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The first modern, comprehensive biography of Clodius, The Patrician Tribune traces his career from its earliest stages until its end in 52 B.C., when he was murdered by a political rival. Jeffrey Tatum explores Clodius's political successes, as well as the limitations of his popular strategies, within the broader context of Roman political practices. In the process, Tatum illuminates the relationship between the political contests of Rome's elite and the daily struggles of Rome's urban poor.
About the Author
W. Jeffrey Tatum is professor of classics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
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"A useful biography of this complicated figure. . . . Tatum provides a careful, exhaustive, highly analytical narrative of Clodius's political career . . . . An important template for the understanding of an extremely confusing era."--American Historical Review
"[Tatum’s] book is lucidly organized and elegantly and economically written. Throughout, Tatum deploys a thorough command of the vast scholarly literature, sound judgment and good sense. This is one of the best biographies of a Late Republican politician."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"Well written and impeccably researched."--Choice
"Tatum convey[s] vividly how Clodius’ actions interact with the historical context of the late Republic, but also acknowledg[es] the impact of Clodius and Clodius’ character."--Times Literary Supplement
"By far the fullest and best treatment of Clodius in any language, and the only one in English."--Robin Seager, University of Liverpool
"This book is more than a biography. It explores the broader political scene, sets the context, and investigates the ramifications of Clodius's activities upon critical developments in the last decades of the Roman Republic. Tatum renders a significant service to the profession. He provides the most balanced, judicious, thorough, and reliable treatment that we possess of Clodius, a figure of the highest importance for the politics of the late Roman Republic. The book will be read with profit and consulted with regularity for a long time to come."--Erich S. Gruen, University of California, Berkeley