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On this day in 52 B.C., Clodius Pulcher (Clodius the Beautiful) was killed on the Appian Way. Like his contemporary Cicero, Clodius Pulcher was a pivotal figure in the late Roman Republic, who seems to have had connections with every other important name from the period.
Clodius Pulcher was a scoundrel from an ancient patrician family (see Appius Claudius Caecus) whose shenanigans eventually led to his death on the Appian Way, at the hands of a rival gang that was led by Milo, memorably recreated by Steven Saylor in one the works of fiction featuring Clodius Pulcher. Clodius' most infamous deed is known as the Bona Dea Scandal.
- Read Plutarch's account of the Bona Dea Scandal
- Cicero and Clodius, from Bingley's biography of Cicero
- Clodius Pulcher Timeline
"This day in ancient history" caveat: please see Unreliability of Dates.