50 B.C. Olympiad 182.3

Consuls: L. Aemilius M.f. Paullus Lepidus, C. Claudius C.f. Marcellus
Athenian archon: Demetrius

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1 ROM {? January -R} Document: Cic:Fam_15.10-11 & 15.13, letters from Cicero to L.Paullus and C.Marcellus.
2 C.Curio unsuccessfully proposes that an intercalary month should be inserted in this year.
* Read Dio's account
Cic:Fam_8.6'5; +DioCass_40.60'4-61'3.
3 Curio proposes various laws, to gain popular support.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Fam_8.6'5, :Att_6.1'25; +Caes:BCiv_2.25'4; Lucan_4'689-692; +Appian:BCiv_2'27; { CAH_9'418; MRR_2'170.}
4 CYP M.Brutus attempts to extort a high rate of interest from the inhabitants of Salamis in Cyprus, through his agent M.Scaptius.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Att_5.21'10-13, 6.1'5-7, 2'7-9, 3'5; { ~OCD_b.}
5 CIL {February -R} Document: Cic:Att_5.21 & 6.1, letters from Cicero to Atticus, written at Laodiceia.
6 Document: Cic:Fam_13.58-59, letters from Cicero to C.Titius and M.Curtius.
7 ROM {February -R} Document: Cic:Fam_8.6, a letter from Caelius to Cicero, announcing that Curio has become an open supporter of Caesar.
8 ROM {? March -R} C.Marcellus attempts to persuade the senate to fix an end date for Caesar's command, but is vigorously opposed by Curio.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Att_7.1'5, 7'5, :Fam_8.11'3, 13'2; (?) Caes:BGall_8.53'1-2; { CAH_9'418-419.}
9 CIL {March -R} Document: Cic:Fam_7.32 & 9.25, letters from Cicero to Volumnius and Paetus.
10 {March -R} Document: Cic:Fam_2.14, a letter from Cicero to Caelius.
11 ROM Appius Claudius is prosecuted by Dolabella for his conduct in Cilicia, but is acquitted.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Att_6.6'1, :Fam_2.13'2, 3.10'1, '5, 11'1-3, 8.6'1-3, :Brut_230, 324; [Vict]:VirIll_82'4; { OCD_brutus.}
12 Curio begins to insist that Pompeius should lay down his command at the same time as Caesar.
* Read Plutarch's account
[Liv]:Per_109; Plut:Caes_30'1-2; +Appian:BCiv_2'27; { CAH_9'419.}
13 {April -R} The senate votes to approve a supplication for Cicero's victories in Cilicia, despite the opposition of M.Cato.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Fam_2.15'1, 8.11'1-2, 15.5'1-3, 6'1-2.
14 EGY The sons of M.Bibulus are murdered in Egypt.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Att_6.5'3; Caes:BCiv_3.110'6; ValMax_4.1'15; Sen:Dial_6.14'2; { CAH_9'320; Cicero refers to this bereavement in a letter to Atticus in June.}
15 CIL {4 April - R} Document: Cic:Fam_2.11, a letter from Cicero to Caelius.
16 Document: Cic:Fam_13.53-57 & 13.61-65, letters from Cicero to Minucius Thermus and P.Silius.
17 Document: Cic:Att_6.2, a letter from Cicero to Atticus.
18 ROM Document: Cic:Fam_8.7 & 8.11, two letters from Caelius to Cicero.
19 SYR Bibulus stays within the walls of Antioch, until the Parthians have completely left Syria.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Att_6.8'5, :Fam_12.19'2; Caes:BCiv_3.30'3; (?) [Liv]:Per_108; Appian:Syr_51;(↓)  DioCass_40.30'2.
20 CIL {May -R} Document: Cic:Fam_2.13 & 2.18, letters from Cicero to Caelius and Q.Thermus.
21 ROM ++ General comments on the orator Q.Hortensius, his florid style of speaking and his love of luxury.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Brut_230, 323-324, :Tusc_1'59; ValMax_3.5'4, 8.10'2; Plin:HN_8'211, 9'170,L  '172,L  35'130; Quint_4.5'24, 11.2'24; Aelian:NA_5'21; Macrob:Sat_3.13'3-5.L 
22 {June -R} The death of Hortensius; after which Marcia returns to her previous husband, M.Cato.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Att_6.6'2, :Fam_8.13'2, :Brut_1, 229, 328; Vell_2.48'6; ValMax_5.9'2; Lucan_2'327-334; Plin:HN_14'96;L  Appian:BCiv_2'99;(↓)  { CAH_9'419; OCD_h=49.}
23 Tullia, the daughter of Cicero, marries P.Dolabella.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Att_6.6'1, 9'5, :Fam_2.15'2, 8.13'1; Ascon_5;L  { OCD_d.}
24 ITA Pompeius falls seriously ill, while staying at Neapolis, and sacrifices are offered throughout Italy for his recovery.
* Read Plutarch's account
Cic:Tusc_1'86; Vell_2.48'2; Sen:Dial_6.20'4; Plut:Pomp_57'1-5; Juvenal_10'283-285; +Appian:BCiv_2'28; DioCass_41.6'3; { CAH_9'420.}
25 Pompeius suggests to the senate that he might lay down his command if Caesar does the same, but the offer is rejected by Curio.
26 CIL {June -R} Document: Cic:Att_6.3-5 & Cic:Fam_2.19, letters from Cicero to Atticus and Coelius Caldus.
27 {June -R} Document: Cic:Fam_2.12 & 8.13, letters of Cicero to and from Caelius.
28 CIS Caesar visits Cisalpine Gaul.
29 AEG ++ General comments on the philosopher Poseidonius, who spent most of his life in Rhodes.
* Read Strabo's account
Strab_14'655;(2.13)  Sen:Ep_104'22; Lucian:Macr_20; Suda_P'2107, '2108, '2109; { OCD_p; Green_642.}
29a Jason of Nysa succeeds Poseidonius as head of the school at Rhodes.
30 CIL << General comments on Cicero's conduct as governor of Cilicia.
* Read Plutarch's account
Cic:Fam_13.12'1, 16'2, 67'1, :Deiot_28, :Phil_11'34; Seneca:Suas_6'11; Quint_12.1'16; Plut:Cic_36'1-5, 52'3, '6; [Vict]:VirIll_81'3.
31 {July -R} Document: Cic:Att_6.7 & Cic:Fam_15.6, letters from Cicero to Atticus and Cato, written at Tarsus.
32 {July -R} Document: Cic:Fam_2.17 & 15.11, letters from Cicero to Cn.Sallustius and C.Marcellus.
33 ROM Ser.Galba fails to be elected as consul for the following year.
* Read Cicero's account
@  (?) Cic:Att_6.8'3; +Caes:BGall_8.50'4; Suet:Gal_3'2; { CAH_9'419; OCD_g.}
34 M.Antonius is elected to be tribune of the plebs for the following year.
* Read Plutarch's account
Cic:Phil_2'50; ~Plut:Ant_5'1-2.
35 M.Antonius is elected to be augur, with strong support from Caesar.
* Read Caesar's account
Cic:Fam_8.14'1, :Phil_2'4; +Caes:BGall_8.50'1-3; Plut:Ant_5'2; { CAH_9'419; Antonius was elected to replace Q.Hortensius.}
36 {August -R} Document: Cic:Fam_8.14, a letter from Caelius to Cicero.
37 LYC {August -R} Document: Cic:Att_6.6 & Cic:Fam_2.15, letters from Cicero to Atticus and Caelius, written at Side.
38 ROM The senate asks Pompeius and Caesar each to send a legion to defend Syria against the Parthians.
* Read Dio's account
+Caes:BGall_8.54'1-3, 55'1-2, :BCiv_3.88'2; Lucan_2'474-477; +Plut:Caes_29'4-6, :Pomp_56'4, 57'6-9, :Ant_5'3-4; +Appian:BCiv_2'29-30; +DioCass_40.65'1-66'4; { Later in the year, Pompeius decided to keep the two legions in Italy, for his own use.}
39 Cato votes in favour of a supplication for the success of his son-in-law Bibulus in Syria.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Att_7.2'6-7, 3'5; { MRR_2'170.}
40 GAL Caesar returns to Transalpine Gaul, and reviews his army in the territory of the Treveri.
* Read Caesar's account
+Caes:BGall_8.52'1-3; DioCass_40.44'1-3.
41 GRE Cicero talks to the philosopher Aristus at Athens, during his journey back home.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Att_7.1'1, :Tusc_5'21-22.
42 {October -R} Document: Cic:Att_6.8-7.1 & Cic:Fam_14.5, letters from Cicero to Atticus and to his wife Terentia.
43 EGY {23 Phaophi -E = Oct.} Document: SelPap_2.209, a royal decree regulating the transport of wheat.
44 GAL Caesar sends his army to winter quarters in the territory of the Aedui and Belgae.
45 GRE {November -R} Document: Cic:Att_7.2 & Cic:Fam_16.1-9, letters from Cicero to Atticus and Tiro, written on the journey from Athens to Brundisium.
46 ROM {November -R} Document: Cic:Fam_8.12, a letter from Caelius to Cicero.
47 {1 December -R} A large majority of the senate votes in favour of the proposal of Curio, that Caesar and Pompeius should both lay down their commands.
* Read Plutarch's account
+Caes:BGall_8.52'4-5; Plut:CatMin_51'6-7, +:Caes_30'4-6, +:Pomp_58'4-10, :Ant_5'6-7; +Appian:BCiv_2'30; +DioCass_40.62'3-4; { OCD_cur.}
48 {2 December -R} The consuls, without the formal agreement of the senate, authorise Pompeius to defend Italy against Caesar.
* Read Plutarch's account
Plut:Pomp_59'1-2; +Appian:BCiv_2'31; +DioCass_40.64'4; { CAH_9'421-422.}
49 == Curio's outspoken eloquence as tribune brings about an open split between Caesar and Pompeius.
* Read Livy's account
[Liv]:Per_109; Plin:HN_36'120; Suet:Rhet_1.
50 {9 December -R} In his final speech as tribune, Curio strongly denounces Pompeius and the consuls.
Appian:BCiv_2'31;(↓)  +DioCass_40.66'5; { CAH_9'422.}
51 Caesar suggests that he should be allowed to stay on as governor of Cisalpine Gaul and Illyricum, but this is rejected by his opponents.
@  (?) Cic:Att_7.4'2; Suet:Caes_29'2; +Appian:BCiv_2'32.
52 Pompeius tells the senate that he has only to stamp on the ground, for soldiers to rise up in defence of Italy against Caesar.
* Read Plutarch's account
Plut:Caes_33'5, ~:Pomp_57'9, 60'7; Appian:BCiv_2'37.
53 An envoy of Caesar threatens that Caesar will assert his rights by the power of the sword.
* Read Plutarch's account
Plut:Caes_29'7, +:Pomp_58'3; { Appian (BCiv_2.25) attributes this remark to Caesar himself.}
54 ETR Document: Cic:Att_7.3-9, letters from Cicero to Atticus, mostly written at Formiae.
55 ITA The setting of the dialogue in the first two books of Cicero's "De Finibus".
Cic:Fin_1'1-2'119; { The dialogue is said to have taken place at Cumae, when L.Torquatus was praetor designate (see MRR_2'175).}
55a SYR == M.Bibulus removes the statues of Zeus and Athena from Antioch and sends them to Rome.
56 ROM The censors, Claudius and Piso, complete the census after demoting several senators, including the historian Sallustius.
* Read Dio's account
Cic:Att_6.9'5, :Fam_8.14'4, :Div_1'29-30; [Cic]:InSall_16; Plut:Caes_55'5; +DioCass_40.63'1-64'1; { CAH_9'420; MRR_2'169.}
57 == The senate orders the demolition of temples of Isis and Serapis.
ValMax_1.3'4; { When L.Paullus was consul - most probably the consul for this year.}
58 == Paullus builds the Basilica Aemilia, allegedly using money given to him by Caesar as a bribe.
* Read Plutarch's account
+Plut:Caes_29'3; +Appian:BCiv_2'26;(↓)  { CAH_9'416; the basilica was started several years earlier - see Cic:Att_4.16'8.}
59 == Various omens, including a fire at Rome.
+Obseq_62; !Oros_6.14'4-5, 7.2'11.
60 ?? Cn.Piso prosecutes Manilius Crispus, a friend of Pompeius.
ValMax_6.2'4; { This and the following events took place shortly before the civil war, when Pompeius had great influence at Rome.}
61 ?? The will of M.Anneius, which names Tullianus as heir, is rescinded in favour of Anneius' son.
62 ?? Lentulus Spinther is named as heir of T.Barrus, but inherits nothing from him.
62a ?? Metellus Nepos names Carrinas as his sole heir.
63 ?? Mamurra's house is elaborately decorated, with marble walls.
Plin:HN_36'48; { Mamurra served with Caesar in Gaul; there is no mention of him after that.}
64 ?? M.Messalla is given the nickname Menogenes, from an actor whom he resembles.
64a ASI << Document: Sherk_77,B  a letter of a Roman magistrate about judicial procedures in Asia.
65 ?? Aeschines of Miletus is sent into exile for speaking too freely in front of Pompeius.
66 ++ The philosopher Athenodorus spends the last part of his life with Cato in Rome.
Strab_14'674;(5.14)  Sen:Ep_10'4.
67 BOS ?? Pharnaces consolidates the kingdom of Bosporus, by attacking neighbouring nations.
Strab_11'495,(2.11)  '506.(5.8) 

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