The Consular Elections of 82 B.C.

Korolenkov Anton V., Khrustalev Vyacheslav К.

The article is devoted to the first consular elections under Sulla’s rule, which took place in 82 B.C. In the authors’ view, that is when Lucretius Afella was killed on Sulla’s order for his refusal to withdraw his candidacy. They argue that Afella was an ex-praetor rather than a mere equestrian as most researchers believe. The authors attempt to ascertain why it was Cn. Cornelius Dolabella and M. Tullius Decula who won the elections and not Q. Metellus Pius, P. Servilius Vatia or Ap. Claudius Pulcher, who were more distinguished and/or noble. Presumably, the latter three persons did not want to be fully dependent on Sulla during his dictatorship. They might not have doubted they would become consuls whenever they wanted to (and that did happen when they were elected a little later). As regards Dolabella and Decula, figures of the second rank, they were eager to become consuls by any means, and so they did. Sulla did not order the centuriate assembly to elect them, yet he did not prevent them from being elected.

Keywords: Sulla’s dictatorship, consular elections, Lucius Cornelius Sulla, Gnaeus Cornelius Dolabella, Marcus Tullius Decula

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