Antonius Hybrida: Political Career Before the Catilinarian Conspiracy

Dymskaya Daria D.

The paper addresses core issues of C. Antonius Hybrida’s political career up to the socalled Catilinarian conspiracy. The analysis leads to the following conclusions: Antonius’ career success was largely due to his descent as well as to his connections with Sulla and with high-ranking Sullans. The Sullan past had no negative impact on his career, and his failures can be explained by objective reasons rather than by the hostility of any group to him personally. During the proscriptions, Antonius might have been buying up the property of the proscribed, but more likely was not involved in the murders. The exchange of provinces between him and Cicero was most probably initiated by the latter in order to secure Antonius’ neutrality during the discussion of Rullus’ agrarian proposal. After that Hybrida was not bound to maintain neutrality, and if he ever hurt the optimates’ interests defended by Cicero, it was due to his family ties or the search for personal gain.

Keywords: Caius Antonius Hybrida, cursus honorum, Late Roman Republic

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