78 B.C. Olympiad 175.3

Consuls: M. Aemilius Q.f. Lepidus, Q. Lutatius Q.f. Catulus
Athenian archon: Aeschraeus

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1 ROM The consuls, Lepidus and Catulus, start to quarrel about Lepidus' plans for reform.
* Read Appian's account
Sall:Hist_1'47;L  (?) Quint_6.3'81; +Appian:BCiv_1'105; DioCass_52.17'4; August:DeCiv_3'30.
2 Lepidus criticises Sulla's rule in a speech to the people.
Sall:Hist_1.48'1-27; { CAH_9'207.}
3 Sulla has a dream in which his death is predicted by his son.
* Read Appian's account
Plin:HN_7'138; Plut:Sull_37'3; +Appian:BCiv_1'105.
4 ITA Sulla settles a dispute at Dicaearchia.
4a ETR ?? Document: CIL_1.2646, a dedication by Sulla in the name of his sister Cornelia.
5 ROM ?? Stratagems employed by Sulla.
* Read Appian's account
Frontin:Str_1.9'2, 2.7'2, '3, 4.1'27.
6 ?? Sulla shows great trust in L.Lucullus, to whom he dedicates his memoirs.
* Read Plutarch's account
Plut:Luc_1'4, 4'5, :Sull_6'10, 37'1-2, :Pomp_15'3, :Mor_805'E-F.
7 ++ General comments on the despotic and pleasure-loving character of Sulla.
* Read Plutarch's account
Sall:Hist_1'50-52;L  ValMax_6.9'6; Sen:Ep_11'4; Plin:HN_33'134; Plut:Sull_2'1-6, 6'7-15, 40'1-43'6; Justin:Dig_49.16.4'1<q" Arrius>; Athen_6.261'c; Macrob:Sat_3.14'10,L  '13.L 
8 {March} The death of Sulla, from the disease called phtheiriasis.
* Read Plutarch's account
~[Liv]:Per_90; ValMax_9.3'8; Plin:HN_7'138; Memn_27'1; Plut:Sull_36'1-6, 37'5-6; +Appian:BCiv_1'105; Paus_1.20'7, 9.33'6; DioCass_52.17'4; [Vict]:VirIll_75'12; !Hieron:Chron_1937; { CAH_9'207; OCD_s.}
9 The funeral of Sulla, whose body is burnt on a pyre.
* Read Appian's account
Cic:Leg_2'57;L  ~[Liv]:Per_90; Plin:HN_7'187; Plut:Luc_43'3, :Sull_38'1-6, :Pomp_15'4, 81'3; +Appian:BCiv_1'105-107;(↓)  GranLic_32-33; { CAH_9'20-7; OCD_catulus.}
10 GRE << The setting of the fifth book of Cicero's "de Finibus", which takes places in the Academy at Athens.
11 << Cicero and Atticus attend the lectures of Phaedrus and Zenon, two Epicurean philosophers.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Fin_1'16, 5'3, :Tusc_3'38, :Fam_13.1'2.
12 << Cicero and Atticus are taught philosophy at Athens by Antiochus of Ascalon.
* Read Plutarch's account
Phld:Acad_35;B  ~Cic:Brut_315, :Acad_1'13-14, 2'98, :Tusc_5'22, :ND_1'6; ~Plut:Cic_4'1-3; DioCass_46.7'2; [Vict]:VirIll_81'2; August:DeCiv_19'3;(↓↓)  { Green_722.}
13 ROM Lepidus attempts to win the support of the people by bribes.
* Read Exsuperantius' account
Sall:Hist_1'55-56,L  1.67'6; Exsuper_35-37.
14 Lepidus passes a lex cibaria, to restrict the spread of luxuries.
15 Lepidus proposes measures to undo the effect of Sulla's laws.
* Read Florus' account
Tac:Ann_3'27; +Flor_2.11'1-5; +Appian:BCiv_1'107; GranLic_33-34.
16 ROM {22 May -R} Document: CIL_1.588, a decree of the senate in honour of the services in war of Asclepiades, Polystratus, and Meniscus. { CAH_9'32.}
17 SPA Aquinus, a general of Metellus, attacks the town of Langobriga, but is ambushed and defeated by Sertorius.
* Read Plutarch's account
Sall:Hist_1'104-108;L  ~Plut:Sert_13'7-12; { MRR_2'61.}
18 ETR Both consuls are sent to Etruria, after an insurrection breaks out at Faesulae.
* Read Granius' account
Sall:Hist_1'57-58;L  Flor_2.11'5; GranLic_34-35; { CAH_9'208.}
19 ROM P.Servilius is sent out to suppress pirates in the eastern Mediterranean.
* Read Eutropius' account
Cic:Verr_2.3'211; Sall:Hist_1'115;L  ~[Liv]:Per_90; ~Suet:Caes_3'1; Flor_1.41'4; Appian:Mith_93; ~Eutrop_6.3'1; ~Oros_5.23'1, '21; { CAH_9'790; MRR_2'61.}
20 ETR Lepidus heads for the mountainous areas of Etruria, where he makes military preparations.
* Read Granius' account
Sall:Hist_1'59,L  '64,L  _1.67'6-8; GranLic_35; DioCass_44.28'2; Exsuper_38.
21 SPA L.Manlius, the governor of Gaul, attempts to intervene in Spain, but is defeated by Hirtuleius near Ilerda.
* Read Livy's account
Sall:Hist_1'113;L  ~[Liv]:Per_90; Plut:Sert_12'5; ~Oros_5.23'4; { CAH_9'217.}
22 ROM The birth of Postuma, a posthumous daughter of Sulla.
23 ITA {3 October -R} Document: CIL_1.735, graffiti on a wall at Pompeii with the name of C.Pumidius Diphilus.
24 ETR The senate negotiates with Lepidus, and makes both consuls take an oath to keep the peace.
* Read Granius' account
Sall:Hist_1'60-63;L  +Appian:BCiv_1'107; GranLic_35; { CAH_9'208.}
25 Lepidus is allotted the province of Transalpine Gaul.
+Appian:BCiv_1'107; { CAH_9'208.}
26 Lepidus tries to stand for re-election as consul, but refuses to return to Rome for the elections.
* Read Appian's account
Sall:Hist_1.67'15; +Appian:BCiv_1'107.
27 SIC << The upright behaviour of C.Marcellus, as governor of Sicily, earns him widespread respect in the island.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Verr_2.2'8, '51, 3'212; { MRR_2'59.}
28 AS1 Cicero visits the province of Asia, where he meets Rutilius and listens to the rhetoric of Menippus, Dionysius, Aeschylus, and Xenocles.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Rep_1'13, '17, :Brut_85, ~315-316; ~Plut:Cic_4'4.
29 ROM Catulus passes a law about civil violence.
~Cic:Cael_70; { CAH_9'524; OCD_c.}
30 Cn.Dolabella is prosecuted by Scaurus after returning from Cilicia, and is convicted of extortion.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Verr_2.1'97-98, 2'109, 3'177; Ascon_26,L  74;L  { Dolabella was governor of Cilicia in 80-79 B.C.}
31 ROM Document: CIL_1.737, recording the construction of a records office by Catulus.
32 BAE The Roman senate renews its treaty with the city of Gades.
* Read Cicero's account
+Cic:Balb_34-35, 39.
33 ETR A cock is reported to have spoken, at a farm near Ariminum.

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