Appius Claudius Followed the Cursus HonorumA 4th-3rd century Roman statesman, he was:
- curule aedile,
- military tribune,
- censor (in 312),
- consul (twice),
- dictator, and
Appius Claudius Was a Military Leader
He led victories over neighboring:
Appius Claudius' Name Was Immortalized
Appius Claudius also built a road (the 132-mile-long Appian Way), an aqueduct (also named for him) and a temple to Bellona. He may have opened membership in the Roman tribes to the landless proletarians.
Appius Claudius earned the nickname Caecus 'the blind' in old age, A renowned orator and writer of aphorisms and father of Latin prose, Appius Claudius Caecus blocked peace between Rome and Pyrrhus (279/8 B.C.) with a speech.
- Tarentum and the Pyrrhic War: Tarentum Hires King Pyrrhus of Epirus to Defend It Against Rome
- Pyrrhic Wars
Family of Appius Claudius
The family of Appius Claudius was originally Sabine, from Regillum. Its first consulship, held by Appius Claudius Sabinus Regillensis, was in 495. Its first exceptional member was in 450, the Decemvir Appius Claudius who was involved in the writing of the 12 Tables. The Pulchri and Nerones traced their ancestry to two sons of Appius Claudius Caecus, Claudius the Fair and Claudius the Brave.
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- "Claudius" The Concise Oxford Companion to Classical Literature. Ed. M.C. Howatson and Ian Chilvers. Oxford University Press, 1996.
- Tiberius the Politician, by Levick B Staff, Barbara Levick