Gaius Scribonius Curio


Biography of Gaius Scribonius Curio

Gaius Scribonius Curio was the name of a father and son who lived in the late Roman Republic.

Gaius Scribonius Curio (d. 53 BC) was a Roman statesman and orator. He was nicknamed Burbulieus (after an actor) for the way he moved his body while speaking. Curio was noted as a public orator and for the purity of his Latin language.

Curio was tribune of the plebs in 90 BC. He served later under Lucius Cornelius Sulla in Greece as a legate in Asia during the campaign to restore the abandoned kingdoms of Mithridates. He laid siege to the tyrant Artistion, who had taken position on the Acropolis, during the attack on Athens. Several years later, he was elected consul in 76 BC with Gnaeus Octavius. After his consulship in 76 BC, he went to Macedonia as governor. He successfully fought the Dardani and the Moesians, for which he won a military triumph. He was the first Roman general to penetrate to the Danube.

A friend of Cicero, he supported him during the Catiline Conspiracy. Curio spoke in favor of Publius Clodius Pulcher when he was on trial for violating the rites of Bona Dea. Cicero spoke out against Clodius and Curio, though this did not interfere with their friendship. He became an opponent to Julius Caesar and wrote a political dialogue against him. Curio died in 53 BC.

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