25. APP. CLAUDIUS
APP. F. APP. N. PULCHER, son of No. 20.
He was consul in B. C. 143, and, to obtain a pretext for a triumph, attacked the Salassi, an Alpine tribe.
He was at first defeated, but afterwards, following the directions of the Sibylline books, gained a victory. (Frontin. de Aquaed.
7; Dio Cass. Fragm.
lxxix. lxxx.; Oros. 5.4
.) On his return a triumph was refused him ; but he triumphed at his own expense, and when one of the tribunes attempted to drag him from his car, his daughter Claudia, one of the Vestal virgins, walked by his side up to the capitol. (Cic. pro Cael.
14; Sueton. Tib.
2.) Next year he was an unsuccessful candidate for the censorship, though he afterwards held that office with Q. Fulvius Nobilior, probably in 136. (Dio Cass. Fragm.
lxxxiv.; Plut. TG 4
He gave one of his daughters in marriage to Tib. Gracchus, and in B. C. 133 with Tib. and C. Gracchus was appointed commissioner for the division of the lands. (Liv. Epit. 58
; Orelli, Inscr.
No. 570; Vell. 2.2
.) Appius lived at enmity with P. Scipio Aemilianus. (Plut. Aemil.
38; Cic. de Rep.
He died shortly after Tib. Gracchus. (Appian, App. BC 1.18
He was one of the Salii, an augur, and princeps senatus. (Macrob. Saturn.
2.10; Plut. TG 4
.) Cicero (Cic. Brut. 28
) says, that his style of speaking was fluent and vehement.
He married Antistia. [ANTISTIA, No. 1.]