79 B.C. Olympiad 175.2

Consuls: P. Servilius C.f. Vatia, Ap. Claudius Ap.f. Pulcher

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1 SPA Fufidius summons Domitius, governor of Nearer Spain, to come to his aid.
2 ROM << Mithridates and Ariobarzanes send embassies to Rome: the senate orders Mithridates to withdraw from Cappadocia.
~Appian:Mith_67; { While Sulla was still in power.}
3 ++ General comments on Sulla's absolute power and ruthlessness as dictator.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Verr_2.3'81, :Fin_3'75; ValMax_3.6'3, 7.5'5; Ascon_73;L  Plut:Cic_10'1; Exsuper_34.
4 << Sulla abdicates from his position as dictator, and retires to private life.
* Read Appian's account
Lucan_1'334-335; Mart_9.43'10, 11.5'9-10; Quint_3.8'53; Silius_13'858-860; Plut:Sull_34'6; Juvenal_1'16-17; Appian:BCiv_1'3, +'103-105, 2'138; Ampel_18'16; [Vict]:VirIll_75'12;L  +Oros_5.22'1; { CAH_9'205; OCD_s.}
5 Sulla is allocated the province of Cisalpine Gaul.
6 SPA Hirtuleius, a subordinate of Sertorius, defeats and kills Domitius Calvinus by the river Anas.
* Read Florus' account
Sall:Hist_1'99-100;L  ~[Liv]:Per_90; ~Plut:Sert_12'4; Flor_2.10'6-7; Eutrop_6.1'2; Oros_5.23'3; { CAH_9'215.}
7 ROM << Cicero asserts the rights of the inhabitants of Arretium to Roman citizenship, during the defence of an Arretine woman.
Cic:Caecin_97; { While Sulla was still alive.}
8 Cicero goes away to Greece, ostensibly to improve his health.
~Plut:Cic_3'5; { OCD_c.}
9 PAL Alexander Jannaeus suffers from quartan fever, but continues to fight against neighbouring states.
~Joseph:AJ_13'398; { Three years before his death.}
10 SPA Metellus takes over as Roman commander in Spain, but his general L.Thorius Balbus is defeated and killed by Sertorius.
* Read Florus' account
Sall:Hist_1'101-103;L  ~Plut:Sert_12'4; Flor_2.10'6-7; Appian:Hisp_101, :BCiv_1'97, '108; Eutrop_6.1'2; Exsuper_54; Oros_5.23'3; { CAH_9'217.}
11 ROM {? September -R} The brothers L. and M.Lucullus stage magnificent games while they both hold the office of aedile.
* Read Granius' account
Cic:Off_2'57; ValMax_2.4'6; Plin:HN_8'19; GranLic_32; [Vict]:VirIll_74'1;L  { OCD_l.}
12 ?? Mam.Lepidus Livianus fails in his first attempt to be elected consul.
Cic:Off_2'58; { Mam.Lepidus eventually became consul in 77 B.C.}
13 M.Lepidus is elected consul, despite being an opponent of Sulla.
* Read Plutarch's account
~Plut:Sull_34'7-8, ~:Pomp_15'1-2; { CAH_9'206-207; OCD_l.}
14 Lucullus is elected praetor, having been given special dispensation to stand for office when younger than the normal age.
Cic:Acad_2'1; { MRR_2'60.}
15 ?? The sudden death of L.Tuccius, Sulla's doctor.
16 LYC == Verres, as proquaestor of Cn.Dolabella, continues to extort money from various parts of Asia, including Lycia, Pamphylia, Pisidia, Phrygia, and Milyas.
* Read Cicero's account
Cic:Verr_2.1'41, '95-102, 3'177-178; { MRR_2'59.}

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