erbissime crudelissimeque dixit, ita maxime ab inimicis Caesaris collaudatur, and according to Dio Cassius 41.3 the consul Lentulus went so far as to summon them u(pecelqei=n pri\n ta\s yh/fous dienexqh=nai. The principle that the tribune could not be held responsible for his official acts seems to have been first called into question in the year 98 B.C.
, in the case of C. Furius, who had been tribune in the preceding year, and similar prosecutions occurred in the years 94 B.C.
, 86 B.C.
, 74 B.C.
, 66 B.C.
, and 65 B.C.
(cf. Herzog, 1.1167 ff.; Madvig, Verf. u. Verw. 1.467). The case before us would seem to have been the first instance when an attempt was made to hold a tribune accountable during his term of office. As Caesar puts it, de sua salute septimo die (of the calendar year) cogitare coguntur, B. C. 1.5. Cf. also Appian, Bell. Civ. 2.33. Cicero's words, therefore, nulla vi expulsi, while technically true, misrepresent the real state of the case. It was this infringement