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Gabinius, Aulus

A tribune of the plebs in B.C. 66, when he carried a law conferring upon Pompey the command of the war against the pirates; and consul in 58, when he took part in the banishment of Cicero. In the year 57 he went to Syria as proconsul, and restored Ptolemy Auletes to the throne of Egypt, in opposition to a decree of the Senate. On his return to Rome in 54 he was accused both of maiestas and the crimen repetundarum, for the illegal receipt of 10,000 talents from Ptolemy, and was defended by Cicero. He was condemned on the latter charge, and went into exile. In the civil war he fought on the side of Caesar. He died about B.C. 47.

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