Publius, tribune of the soldiers at the battle of Cannae in B.C.
216, and one of the few Roman officers who survived that fatal day. In 214 he was curule
aedile; in 213 praetor, with Ariminum as his province, and was continued in the command for
the two following years (212, 211). He was censor in 209 with M. Cornelius Cethegus, although
neither he nor his colleague had yet held the consulship. In 205 he was sent into Greece with
the title of proconsul, for the purpose of opposing Philip, with whom, however, he concluded
a treaty, which was ratified by the Romans. Tuditanus was consul in 204, and received Bruttii
as his province. He was at first defeated by Hannibal, but shortly afterwards he gained a
decisive victory over the Carthaginian general (Livy, xxii.
50, 60Livy, xxiv. 43
-47Livy, xxvii. 11Livy, xxix. 11
-13Livy, xxxi. 2
, plebeian aedile 198, and praetor 197, when
he obtained Nearer Spain as his province. He was defeated by the Spaniards with great loss,
and died shortly afterwards of a wound which he had received in the battle (Livy, xxxii. 27Livy, xxxiii. 42
; App. Hisp. 39
, tribune of the plebs 193; praetor 189,
when he obtained Sicily as his province; and consul 185. In his consulship he carried on war
in Liguria, and defeated the Apuani, while his colleague was equally successful against the Ingauni. He was carried off by the great pestilence which devastated Rome
in 174 (Livy, xxxix. 40, 46
, praetor 132, and consul 129. In his
consulship he carried on war against the Iapydes in Illyricum, over whom he gained a victory
chiefly through the military skill of his legate, D. Iunius Brutus. Tuditanus was an orator
and an historian, and in both obtained considerable distinction (Vell. Pat. ii. 4; B.
i. 19, Illyr.
; Dionys. i. 11