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Mure'na 5. L. Licinius Murena, the son of No. 4, served under his father (B. C. 83) in the war against Mithridates. He was quaestor at Rome with the jurist Serv. Sulpicius, who was afterwards his opponent in the canvas for the consulship. In his aedileship Murena adorned the walls of the Comitium with Lacedaemonian stone (Plin. Nat. 35.14). In the third Mithridatic war, which began B. C. 74, he served under L. Lucullus (Plut. Luc. 15, &c.), and was left by him to direct the siege of Amisus, while Lycullus advanced against Mithridates. At the captare of Amisus B. C. 71). Tyrannio was made prisoner, and he was given to Murena at his request, who thereupon made him free, by which act it was implied that he had been a slave. Plutarch (Plut. Luc. 19) blames Murena for his conduct in this matter, and adds that it was not in this instance only that Murena showed himself far inferior to his general in honourable feeling and conduct. Murena followed Tigranes in his retreat from Tigranocerta t
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d prosperity. The only occasion on which his name is mentioned is in B. C. 81, when Caesar, then very young, was sent to him by the praetor M. Minucius Thermus, to obtain the assistance of the Bithynian fleet. The young man was received with the greatest favour by Nicomedes; and the intercourse between them gave rise to the most injurious suspicions, which were never afterwards forgotten by the enemies of Caesar (Suet. Jul. 2, 49; Plut. Caes. 1). Nicomedes died at the beginning of the year B. C. 74, and having no children, by his will bequeathed his kingdom to the Roman people. Mithridates, however, set up an impostor, whom he pretended to be the legitimate son of Nicomedes, and whose claims to the throne he prepared to support by arms. For the events that followed see MITHIRIDATES. (Eutrop. 6.6; Liv. Epit. xciii.; App. Mith. 71; Epist. Mithr. ad Arsac. ap. Sall. Hist. iv. p. 239, ed. Gerlach.) Great confusion has been made by many modern writers in regard to the later kings of Bith
Nysa 2. Wife of Nicomedes III. Mithridates prework tended that she was the mother of the impostor, whom he set up as a claimant to the. throne of Bithynia, B. C. 74. (Mithr. Ep. ad Arsac. ap. Sall. Hist. iv. p. 239, ed. Gerlach.)
Octavius 8. L. OCTAVIUS CN. F. CN. N. (Fasti Capit.), the son of No. 6, was consul B. C. 75 with C. Aurelius Cotta. He died in B. C. 74, as proconsul of Cilicia, and was succeeded in the command of the province by L. Lucullus. (Cic. Ver. 1.50, 3.7 ; Obsequ. 121; Plut. Luc. 6.) Many writers confound this L. Octavius with L. Octavius Balbus, the jurist. [BALBUS, p. 458.]
Opi'mius 5. Q. OPIMIUS L. F. Q. N. was brought to trial before Verres in his praetorship (B. C. 74), on the plea that he had interceded against the Lex Cornelia, when he was tribune in the preceding year (B. C. 75); but, in reality, because he had in his tribunate opposed the wishes of some Roman noble. He was condemned by Verres, and deprived of all his property. It appears from the Pseudo-Asconius that Opimius had in his tribunate supported the law of the consul C. Aurelius Cotta, which restored to the tribunes the right of being elected to the other magistracies of the state after the tribunate, of which privilege they had been deprived by a Lex Cornelia of the dictator Sulla. (Cic. Ver. 1.60; Pseudo-Ascon. in Verr. p. 200, ed. Orelli.)
Oppia'nicus the name of three persons, two of whom play a prominent part in the oration of Cicero for Cluentius. Oppia'nicus 1. STATIUS ALBIUS OPPIANICUS, was accused by his step-son A. Cluentius of having attempted to procure his death by poisoning, B. C. 74, and was condemned. Oppia'nicus 2. OPPIANICUS, the son of the preceding, accused Cluentius himself in B. C. 66, of three distinct acts of poisoning. Oppia'nicus 3. C. Oppianicus, the brother of No. 1, said to have been poisoned by him (Cic. Clu. 11). A full account of the two trials is given under CLUENTIUS.
Oppia'nicus 1. STATIUS ALBIUS OPPIANICUS, was accused by his step-son A. Cluentius of having attempted to procure his death by poisoning, B. C. 74, and was condemned.
O'ppius 9. P. Oppius, was quaestor in Bithynia to M. Aurelius Cotta, who was consul in B. C. 74, and who remained in Bithynia for the next three or four years. Oppiusappears to have appropriated to his own use many of the supplies intended for the troops ; and when he was charged with this by Cotta, he forgot himself so far as to draw his sword upon the proconsul. Cotta accordinglydismissed him from the province, and sent a letter to the senate, in which he formally accused Oppius of malversation, and of making an attempt upon the life of his imnperator. He was brought to trial in B. C. 69, and was defended by Cicero. The speech which Cicero delivered in his favour is lost, but it seems to have been one of considerable merit, as it is referred to several times by Quintilian. (D. C. 36.23 ; Quint. Inst. 5.10.69, 5.13.17; Sall. Hist. iii. p. 218. ed. Gerlach; Cic. Fraigm. vol. iv. p. 444, ed. Orelli; Drumann, Geschichte Romns, vol. v. p. 343.)
Peisi'stratus 4. A native of Cyzicus. In the war between the Romans and Mithridates, when Cyzicus was besieged by Mithridates (B. C. 74), Peisistratus was general of the Cyzicenes, and successfully defended the city against Mithridates (Appian, de Bello Mith. 73). [C.P.M]
Piso 11. L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi, the son of No. 10, was, like his father and grandfather, a man of honour and integrity. He was a colleague of Verres in the praetorship, B. C. 74, when he thwarted many of the unrighteous schemes of the latter. (Cic. Ver. 1.46.)
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