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83 B.C. Olympiad 174.2


Consuls: L. Cornelius L.f. Scipio Asiaticus, C. Norbanus
Athenian archon: Pammenes

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1 GRE Atticus meets Sulla at Athens, but refuses to follow him back to Italy.
Nepos:Att_4'1-2, 16'1.
2 ROM {20 Feb. -R} Sex.Naevius lays claim to the legal possession of the property of P.Quinctius.
+Cic:Quinct_15-28, 57-58, 60-66, #79-85.
3 ITA Sulla crosses over from Greece and arrives at Brundisium.
* Read Appian's account
Sall:Hist_1'28;L  +[Liv]:Per_85; Vell_2.24'3; ~Plut:Sull_27'1-6; Flor_2.9'18; ~Appian:BCiv_1'79, '84; Ampel_42'3;L  +Obseq_57; [Vict]:VirIll_75'8;L  +Eutrop_5.7'4; { CAH_9'187; Green_721.}
4 Omens at the outset of the civil war.
* Read Appian's account
~Plut:Sull_27'6-9, '12; +Appian:BCiv_1'83; +Obseq_57; August:DeCiv_2'24,(↓)  '25.
5 M.Brutus founds a colony at Capua.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:LegAgr_2'89, '92-94; { CAH_9'189; OCD_c.}
6 Metellus joins Sulla.
* Read Appian's account
+Appian:BCiv_1'80; DioCass_fr.106'1; { CAH_9'187.}
7 Sulla advances against his opponents, who make further preparations to resist him by force.
* Read Appian's account
[Liv]:Per_84; ~Vell_2.25'1; +Appian:BCiv_1'81-82; Exsuper_43-44.
8 ETR Cn.Pompeius raises an army in Picenum.
* Read Plutarch's account
Cic:LegMan_61; [Caes]:BAfr_22'2-4; Cic:Phil_5'43-44; Diod_38.9'1; +[Liv]:Per_85; Vell_2.29'1-2; ~Plut:Pomp_5'4-6'6, :Mor_203'B-C; +Appian:BCiv_1'80; DioCass_fr.107'1.
9 Pompeius defeats L.Junius Brutus.
* Read Plutarch's account
Diod_38.9'1; ~Plut:Pomp_7'1-5; { CAH_9'191; OCD_p.}
10 ITA Pompeius joins Sulla, who honours him with the title of "imperator".
* Read Plutarch's account
Sall:Hist_5'16;L  Diod_38.10'1; ValMax_5.2'9;L  ~Plut:Pomp_8'1-4, :Crass_6'4, :Mor_806'E; +Appian:BCiv_1'80; { CAH_9'187.}
11 Cethegus, Philippus and other senators join Sulla.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:ProvCon_21; +[Liv]:Per_85; +Appian:BCiv_1'80.(↓) 
12 Sulla defeats Norbanus at Canusium.
* Read Appian's account
+[Liv]:Per_85; FGrH_252'A4; +Vell_2.25'2, '4; +Plut:Sull_27'10; Flor_2.9'19; +Appian:BCiv_1'84; +Eutrop_5.7'4; +Oros_5.20'2;L  { CAH_9'189; OCD_n.}
13 Sulla makes a dedication of land and water to Diana on Mount Tifata.
+Vell_2.25'4.
14 PON Mithridates puts his son to death on suspicion of treason, and prepares to fight against the rebels in Bosporus.
* Read Appian's account
Memn_25'3; ~Appian:Mith_64; { Green_653.}
15 ROM {6 July -R} A fire destroys many of the buildings on the Capitol at Rome.
* Read Appian's account
Sall:Cat_47'2; Liv_6.4'3, 25.39'17; [Liv]:Per_98; Plin:HN_13'88;L  +Tac:Hist_3'72; #Plut:Sull_27'13; Tac:Ann_6'12; Plut:Publ_15'1, :Mor_379'C; +Appian:BCiv_1'86; +Obseq_57; +Hieron:Chron_1933; August:DeCiv_2'24;(↓)  { CAH_9'189; OCD_c.}
16 ?? Cicero is a pupil of Philon, an Academic philosopher, who encourages him to study philosophy and rhetoric.
* Read Plutarch's account
Cic:Tusc_2'9,L  '26,L  :ND_1'6, :Off_2'4; Tac:Dial_32'6; Plut:Cic_3'1-2.
17 ++ General remarks on the life and teaching of the philosopher Philon.
Cic:Acad_2'17,L  '69;L  { OCD_p?.}
18 SYR Tigranes invades and conquers Syria.
* Read Justin's account
Strab_11'532,(14.15)  14'669;(5.2)  Joseph:AJ_13'419; Appian:Syr_48, 69,(↓)  :Mith_106; ~Just_40.1'1-4, 2'3; Trog:Prol_40; Eutrop_6.14'2; Malal_211; { Green_553.}
20 ITA M.Piso refuses to serve as quaestor under L.Scipio.
+Cic:Verr_2.1'37.
21 Sertorius captures Suessa.
* Read Appian's account
+Appian:BCiv_1'85, '108; { CAH_9'190.}
22 Scipio is deserted by his army, after entering into negotiations with Sulla.
* Read Appian's account
Cic:Phil_12'27, 13'1; Sall:Hist_1'29,L  '81;L  Diod_38.16'1; +[Liv]:Per_85; +Vell_2.25'2-3; Plut:Sert_6'1-3, +:Sull_28'1-6; +Appian:BCiv_1'85-86; DioCass_fr.107'2-3; +Eutrop_5.7'4; Exsuper_45; Schol:Bob_126;L  { CAH_9'189-190.}
23 ETR Crassus collects new recruits for Sulla from amongst the Marsi.
~Plut:Crass_6'2-3.
24 CAP Archelaus escapes from Mithridates, and goes to join Murena.
* Read Appian's account
~Appian:Mith_64;(↓)  DioCass_39.57'2; Oros_6.2'12.L 
25 Murena attacks Comana, and rejects an embassy from Mithridates: the start of the "second Mithridatic war".
* Read Appian's account
~Appian:Mith_64,(↓)  66;(↓)  { CAH_9'789; OCD_mith.}
26 ROM {13 Sept. -R} P.Quinctius returns to Rome, in response to a court summons.
#Cic:Quinct_28-30, 40-41.
27 ITA Sulla advances against Norbanus at Capua, but Norbanus avoids him.
* Read Plutarch's account
+Plut:Sull_27'11; +Appian:BCiv_1'86.
28 ETR Crassus captures the town of Tuder.
~Plut:Crass_6'5.
29 ITA Sertorius abandons the war in Italy; he recruits more supporters in Etruria and then leaves for his province in Spain.
* Read Appian's account
+Vell_2.25'3; Flor_2.10'1-2; +Appian:BCiv_1'86, '108; Ampel_18'17;L  Exsuper_46-48; { CAH_9'191; OCD_s.}
30 ROM The young C.Marius is elected consul, despite being far below the legal age.
* Read Livy's account
Sall:Hist_1'30; ~[Liv]:Per_86; [Vict]:VirIll_68'1;L  (?) Exsuper_30; { CAH_9'191; OCD_m.}
31 Marius and the consuls recruit more troops, to carry on the fighting in the next year.
* Read Appian's account
~Diod_38.12'1-13'1; +Appian:BCiv_1'86.(↓) 
32 ITA Document: CIL_1.720, an inscription in honour of Sulla at Suessa.
33 ROM ?? Document: [Cic]:RhetHer_,L  the "Rhetorica ad Herennium" ascribed to Cicero.
34 ?? The grammarian Staberius Eros, the poet Publilius Syrus and the astronomer Manilius all arrive on the same ship, as slaves from (?) Antioch.
* Read Suetonius' account
Plin:HN_35'199;L  Suet:Gram_13; { Staberius Eros established himself as a teacher at Rome in the lifetime of Sulla.}
35 ++ The luxurious lifestyle of Carvilius Pollio, who is the first person at Rome to have silver fittings on his dinner-couches.
Plin:HN_33'144,L  '146;L  { Before Sulla's victory in the civil war.}

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