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74 B.C. Olympiad 176.3


Consuls: L. Licinius L.f. Lucullus, M. Aurelius M.f. Cotta

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1 ROM The senate agrees to give more money and two new legions to the commanders in Spain.
* Read Plutarch's account
Sall:Hist_2'82D;L  +Plut:Luc_5'1-3, ~:Pomp_20'1-2; ~Appian:BCiv_1'111; { CAH_9'212; OCD_lucullus.}
2 AEG << The pirates set Caesar free after receiving a ransom, but he returns to capture and crucify them.
* Read Plutarch's account
Vell_2.41'3; ValMax_6.9'15;L  ~Plut:Caes_2'5-7; ~Suet:Caes_4'2; Polyaen_8.23'1; [Vict]:VirIll_78'3;L  { Caesar was held captive for about 40 days.}
3 NAR Fonteius leaves Rome for Gaul.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Font_19, ~32; { OCD_f; MRR_2'73.}
4 ROM Cicero returns from Sicily and discovers that few have heard about his achievements as quaestor, but he continues to be successful as an orator.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Planc_64-66; ~Plut:Cic_6'2-5; Schol:Bob_163.L 
5 AEG Caesar takes lessons in rhetoric from Apollonius Molon at Rhodes.
~Plut:Caes_3'1-4.
6 PON ?? A cock falls in love with a wine-bearer serving Nicomedes.
Aelian:NA_12'37.
7 << Nicomedes of Bithynia dies, leaving his kingdom to the Romans.
* Read Eutropius' account
Cic:LegAgr_2'40; ~[Liv]:Per_93; Vell_2.4'1, 39'2; Appian:Mith_7, 71, ~:BCiv_1'111; Ampel_34'3;L  Festus:Brev_11'1; ~Eutrop_6.6'1; Malal_221; { CAH_9'233; OCD_n.}
8 ITA << Further crimes of Oppianicus, including the murder of Asuvius and Dinaea, and the attempted murder of Cluentius.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Clu_20, 36-49, 62.
9 ROM M.Cotta repeals his brother's law concerning lawsuits.
~Ascon_67.L 
10 Lucullus opposes the populist measures of the tribune L.Quinctius.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Clu_136-137; Sall:Hist_3.34'11; ~Plut:Luc_5'4-5; { CAH_9'213; OCD_l.}
11 Verres intervenes in the estates of P.Annius and Minucius, and deprives the expected heirs of their inheritance.
Cic:Verr_2.1'104-118.
12 M.Antonius is granted special powers, "imperium infinitum", to enable him to complete the suppression of the pirates.
* Read Velleius' account
Sall:Hist_3'2-4;L  ~Vell_2.31'3-4; { CAH_9'213; OCD_a.}
13 THR Curio advances into Thrace, as far as the river Danube.
* Read Frontinus' account
Sall:Hist_2'60; ~[Liv]:Per_92; Frontin:Str_4.1'43; Flor_1.39'6; Festus:Brev_3'2, 7'5; ~Eutrop_6.2'2; ~Oros_5.23'20;L  { McGushin_1'60.}
14 PON Opposition in Bithynia to the prospect of Roman rule.
* Read Sallust's account
Sall:Hist_2'83,L  _4.67'9.
15 CIL The death of Octavius, the new Roman commander in Cilicia.
~Plut:Luc_6'1; { CAH_9'213, '234.}
16 PON Mithridates summons help from his allies, and makes strenuous preparations for a new war against the Romans.
* Read Appian's account
Sall:Hist_3'10;L  [Liv]:Per_93; Memn_27'2; Plut:Luc_7'4-6; ~Appian:Mith_69-70'
17 Oppianicus is accused and convicted of the attempted murder of Cluentius, but it is alleged that the jury received bribes.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Verr_1'29, '39, :Clu_7, 9-11, 19-20, ~49-76; { CAH_9'213; OCD_c=76.}
18 SPA Perperna goes to Callaecia, where he captures the town of Cale.
Sall:Hist_3'30-31;L  { McGushin_2'84-85.}
19 Sertorius surprises Pompeius at Palantia and forces him to retreat.
~Appian:BCiv_1'112;(↓)  { CAH_9'219.}
20 SPA Sertorius attacks the combined forces of Metellus and Pompeius at Calagurris.
* Read Livy's account
~[Liv]:Per_93; ~Appian:BCiv_1'112;(↓)  { CAH_9'219.}
21 SPA Antonius attacks the pirates and their allies in Liguria and Spain.
Sall:Hist_3'5-7; { CAH_9'790.}
22 PON Mithridates invades Bithynia: the start of the third Mithridatic war.
* Read Appian's account
~[Liv]:Per_93; Memn_27'3-4; Plut:Luc_7'6, :Flam_21'10; Appian:Mith_68, ~71; ~Eutrop_6.6'2; { CAH_9'213=73; OCD_m<73 or 74>; MRR_2'74-75=74; McGushin_1'248-249=74.}
23 Archelaus persuades the inhabitants of Heracleia to send some warships to join Mithridates' fleet.
~Memn_27'5-6; { OCD_h.}
24 ROM C.Junius is condemned for permitting Staienus to hand out bribes during the trial of Oppianicus.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Verr_2.1'157, ~:Clu_77-79, 89-96, 137-138, :Brut_241; { CAH_9'213.}
25 C.Fidiculanius is accused by Quinctius of accepting bribes during the trial of Oppianicus, but he is acquitted.
~Cic:Clu_103-114.
26 The Romans send Lucullus to be commander against Mithridates; Lucullus occupies the journey out by learning the skills required of a general.
* Read Plutarch's account
Cic:Acad_2'1-2;L  ~Vell_2.33'1; Memn_27'1; +Plut:Luc_6'1-6, 45'2; Appian:Mith_68, ~72; [Vict]:VirIll_74'4;L  { CAH_9'213; OCD_l.}
27 AS1 Caesar crosses over to Asia and helps to defeat Mithridates' supporters.
~Suet:Caes_4'2;
28 BAE Metellus retires to winter quarters in Further Spain, where he offends some by his luxurious lifestyle.
* Read Livy's account
~[Liv]:Per_93; ValMax_9.1'5.L 
29 == Verres intervenes to disinherit A.Trebonius, Q.Opimius, and M.Octavius, the heir of C.Sulpicius Olympus.
* Read Cicero's account
~Cic:Verr_2.1'122-127, '155-157.
30 == Verres seeks to make a fraudulent profit from the restoration of temples, especially the temple of Castor, which has devolved to a boy called Junius.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Verr_1'12, ~2.1'127-154.
31 == Other examples of Verres' improper behaviour as praetor.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Verr_1'2, '12, 2.1'103, ~'119-121, 5'34; { OCD_v; MRR_2'72.}
32 ROM == The praetor Q.Metellus refuses to allow the pimp Vecilius to inherit an estate.
ValMax_7.7'7;L  { MRR_2'71; assuming that this refers to Metellus Creticus.}
33 == The aedile M.Seius distributes cheap corn and oil.
Cic:Off_2'58; +Plin:HN_15'2;L  { MRR_2'72.}

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