Monday, May 11, 2009

Roman General: Publius Cornelius Dolabella

Publius Cornelius Dolabella (b. c. 80 BC), Roman general and husband of Cicero's, Tullia.

Soon after the outbreak of civil war he transferred his allegiance from Pompey to Caesar, with whom he fought at Pharsalus (48), and later in Africa and Spain. On Caesar's death Dolabella seized the consulship and sided with Brutus and his fellow conspirators.

However, he once again changed sides and accepted the province of Syria. Having plundered the cities of Greece and Asia on his way there, he murdered Trebonius, proconsul of Asia, who had denied him admission to Smyrna. Cassius was sent to take his place, and besieged him in Laodicea. To avoid capture Dolabella ordered one of his soldiers to kill him (43 BC).

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