39. C. Claudius
Pulcher, son of No. 35 (Cic. pro Scaur.
§ 33; Ascon. in Milon.
p. 35, ed. Orell.), and older than his brother Publius, as appears from the dates at which they respectively held public offices, and from the testimony of Cicero (pro Cael.
15, where Publius is called minimus frater),
was appointed legatus by Caesar in B. C. 58. (Cic. pro Sext.
18.) In 56 he became praetor, and assisted his brother Publius when he at first attempted to prevent Cicero from removing from the capitol the tablets containing the decree of his banishment. (D. C. 39.21
.) In 55 he went to Asia as propraetor, and next year proposed becoming a candidate for the consulship, but was induced to abandon his design and remain in his province. (Cic. pro Scaur.
§§ 33-35.) On his return he was accused of extortion by M. Servilius, who was however bribed to drop the prosecution.
This proceeding was subsequently (in B. C. 51) exposed by his younger son Appius demanding back from Servilius the sum which had been given to him. (Cic ad Fam.
At the tine when Cicero defended Milo (B. C. 52) Caius was no longer alive. (Ascon. in Milon.
p. 35, Orell.)