Thursday, May 14, 2009

Roman General: Aulus Gabinius

Aulus Gabinius, Roman general and provincial governor. As tribune in 67 BC he proposed the Lex Gabinia, which conferred on Pompey his extraordinary command against the Mediterranean pirates. As consul in 58 Gabinius supported Clodius in banishing Cicero. From 57 to 54 he was governor of Syria, and in 55 restored Ptolemy Auletes to the Egyptian throne. Impeached for misgovernment on retiring from office, Gabinius went into exile; but he returned to support Caesar in the civil war, and died on active service in Dalmatia (48 or 47 BC).

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