ambitious politician and an orator (Cic. Brut. 79.273;
Quint. Inst. VI.
3.69; X. 1.
115; 2.25; Tac. Dial.
25). He was at
first a partisan of the optimates; but after filling
the offices of tribune (52
B.C.), quaestor, and curule aedile (50 B.C.), and contracting
immense debts by his extravagant life, he became a
follower of Caesar, and was by him made praetor for the
year 48. But being shortly
thereafter deposed for attempts at revolutionary
legislation, he tried to seduce certain of Caesar's
troops, and was finally killed under the walls of
He was an active and interesting correspondent of
by whom he was defended (56
B.C.) in the famous speech
against the charge of attempted poisoning
brought by Clodia (Lesbia), whose favored lover h