74 B.C. Olympiad 176.3

Consuls: L. Licinius L.f. Lucullus, M. Aurelius M.f. Cotta

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1 ROM The senate agrees to give more money and two new legions to the commanders in Spain.
* Read Plutarch's account
Sall:Hist_2'82D;L  +Plut:Luc_5'1-3, ~:Pomp_20'1-2; ~Appian:BCiv_1'111; { CAH_9'212; OCD_lucullus.}
2 AEG << The pirates set Caesar free after receiving a ransom, but he returns to capture and crucify them.
* Read Plutarch's account
Vell_2.41'3; ValMax_6.9'15; ~Plut:Caes_2'5-7; ~Suet:Caes_4'2; Polyaen_8.23'1; [Vict]:VirIll_78'3; { Caesar was held captive for about 40 days.}
3 NAR Fonteius leaves Rome for Gaul.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Font_19, ~32; { OCD_f; MRR_2'73.}
4 ROM Cicero returns from Sicily and discovers that few have heard about his achievements as quaestor, but he continues to be successful as an orator.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Planc_64-66; ~Plut:Cic_6'2-5; Schol:Bob_163.L 
5 AEG Caesar takes lessons in rhetoric from Apollonius Molon at Rhodes.
7 << Nicomedes of Bithynia dies, leaving his kingdom to the Romans.
* Read Eutropius' account
Cic:LegAgr_2'40; ~[Liv]:Per_93; Vell_2.4'1, 39'2; Appian:Mith_7, 71, ~:BCiv_1'111; Ampel_34'3; Festus:Brev_11'1; ~Eutrop_6.6'1; Malal_221; { CAH_9'233; OCD_n.}
8 ITA << Further crimes of Oppianicus, including the murder of Asuvius and Dinaea, and the attempted murder of Cluentius.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Clu_20, 36-49, 62.
9 ROM M.Cotta repeals his brother's law concerning lawsuits.
10 Lucullus opposes the populist measures of the tribune L.Quinctius.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Clu_136-137; Sall:Hist_3.34'11; ~Plut:Luc_5'4-5; { CAH_9'213; OCD_l.}
11 Verres intervenes in the estates of P.Annius and Minucius, and deprives the expected heirs of their inheritance.
12 M.Antonius is granted special powers, "imperium infinitum", to enable him to complete the suppression of the pirates.
* Read Velleius' account
Sall:Hist_3'2-4;L  ~Vell_2.31'3-4; { CAH_9'213; OCD_a.}
13 THR Curio advances into Thrace, as far as the river Danube.
* Read Frontinus' account
Sall:Hist_2'60; ~[Liv]:Per_92; Frontin:Str_4.1'43; Flor_1.39'6; Festus:Brev_3'2, 7'5; ~Eutrop_6.2'2; ~Oros_5.23'20; { McGushin_1'60.}
14 PON Opposition in Bithynia to the prospect of Roman rule.
* Read Sallust's account
Sall:Hist_2'83,L  _4.67'9.
15 CIL The death of Octavius, the new Roman commander in Cilicia.
~Plut:Luc_6'1; { CAH_9'213, '234.}
16 PON Mithridates summons help from his allies, and makes strenuous preparations for a new war against the Romans.
* Read Appian's account
Sall:Hist_3'10;L  [Liv]:Per_93; Memn_27'2; Plut:Luc_7'4-6; ~Appian:Mith_69-70'
17 Oppianicus is accused and convicted of the attempted murder of Cluentius, but it is alleged that the jury received bribes.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Verr_1'29, '39, :Clu_7, 9-11, 19-20, ~49-76; { CAH_9'213; OCD_c=76.}
18 SPA Perperna goes to Callaecia, where he captures the town of Cale.
Sall:Hist_3'30-31;L  { McGushin_2'84-85.}
19 Sertorius surprises Pompeius at Palantia and forces him to retreat.
~Appian:BCiv_1'112;(↓)  { CAH_9'219.}
20 SPA Sertorius attacks the combined forces of Metellus and Pompeius at Calagurris.
* Read Livy's account
~[Liv]:Per_93; ~Appian:BCiv_1'112;(↓)  { CAH_9'219.}
21 SPA Antonius attacks the pirates and their allies in Liguria and Spain.
Sall:Hist_3'5-7; { CAH_9'790.}
22 PON Mithridates invades Bithynia: the start of the third Mithridatic war.
* Read Appian's account
~[Liv]:Per_93; Memn_27'3-4; Plut:Luc_7'6, :Flam_21'10; Appian:Mith_68, ~71; ~Eutrop_6.6'2; { CAH_9'213=73; OCD_m<73 or 74>; MRR_2'74-75=74; McGushin_1'248-249=74.}
23 Archelaus persuades the inhabitants of Heracleia to send some warships to join Mithridates' fleet.
~Memn_27'5-6; { OCD_h.}
24 ROM C.Junius is condemned for permitting Staienus to hand out bribes during the trial of Oppianicus.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Verr_2.1'157, ~:Clu_77-79, 89-96, 137-138, :Brut_241; { CAH_9'213.}
25 C.Fidiculanius is accused by Quinctius of accepting bribes during the trial of Oppianicus, but he is acquitted.
26 The Romans send Lucullus to be commander against Mithridates; Lucullus occupies the journey out by learning the skills required of a general.
* Read Plutarch's account
Cic:Acad_2'1-2; ~Vell_2.33'1; Memn_27'1; +Plut:Luc_6'1-6, 45'2; Appian:Mith_68, ~72; [Vict]:VirIll_74'4; { CAH_9'213; OCD_l.}
27 AS1 Caesar crosses over to Asia and helps to defeat Mithridates' supporters.
28 BAE Metellus retires to winter quarters in Further Spain, where he offends some by his luxurious lifestyle.
* Read Livy's account
~[Liv]:Per_93; ValMax_9.1'5.
29 ROM == Verres intervenes to disinherit A.Trebonius, Q.Opimius, and M.Octavius, the heir of C.Sulpicius Olympus.
* Read Cicero's account
~Cic:Verr_2.1'122-127, '155-157.
30 == Verres seeks to make a fraudulent profit from the restoration of temples, especially the temple of Castor, which has devolved to a boy called Junius.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Verr_1'12, ~2.1'127-154.
31 == Other examples of Verres' improper behaviour as praetor.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Verr_1'2, '12, 2.1'103, ~'119-121, 5'34; { OCD_v; MRR_2'72.}
32 == The praetor Q.Metellus refuses to allow the pimp Vecilius to inherit an estate.
ValMax_7.7'7; { MRR_2'71; assuming that this refers to Metellus Creticus.}
33 == The aedile M.Seius distributes cheap corn and oil.
Cic:Off_2'58; +Plin:HN_15'2;L  { MRR_2'72.}
34 SIC == C. Sacerdos, the governor of Sicily, sets a fair price when buying in corn supplies.
~Cic:Verr_2.3'119, 3'214-216; 5'55; { DPRR  }
35 == Naevius Turpio is convicted of wrong-doing by Sacerdos.
~Cic:Verr_2.2'22, 3'90. 5'108.
36 == Sopater of Halicyae is brought to trial, but he is acquitted by Sacerdos.
~Cic:Verr_2.2'68-75, '80-81.
37 AEG == Document: Syll_746, a dedication to Apollo on the island of Delos.

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