BIBULUS , a surname of the
See also:Roman gens Calpurnia . The best-known of those who
See also:bore it was
See also:Calpurnius Bibulus,
See also:consul with
See also:Julius Caesar, 59 B.C . He was the
See also:candidate put forward by the aristocratical party in opposition to L .
See also:Lucceius, who was of the party of Caesar; and
See also:bribery was freely used, with the approval of even the rigid
See also:Cato (Suetonius, Caesar, 9), to secure his election . But he proved no match for his able colleague . He made an attempt to oppose the agrarian
See also:law introduced by Caesar for distributing the lands of
See also:Campania, but was overpowered and even personally
See also:ill-treated by the
See also:mob . After making vain complaints in the
See also:senate, he shut himself up in his own
See also:house during the remaining eight months of his consulship, taking no
See also:part in public business beyond fulminating edicts against Caesar's proceedings, which only provoked an attack upon his house by a mob of Caesar's partisans . His conduct gave rise to the jest, that Julius and Caesar were consuls during that
See also:year . When the relations of Caesar and
See also:Pompey became strained, Bibulus supported Pompey (Plutarch, Cato Minor, 41) and joined in proposing his election as
See also:sole consul (52 B.C.) . Next year he went to
See also:Syria as proconsul and claimed
See also:credit for a victory gained by one of his
See also:officers over the Parthians, before his own arrival in the province . After the expiration of his
See also:term of
See also:office, Pompey gave him command of his
See also:fleet in the Ionian
See also:Sea . He proved himself utterly incapable; his chief exploit was the burning of
See also:thirty transports on their return from
See also:Epirus whither they had succeeded in conveying Caesar and some troops from Brundusium .
He died soon afterwards (48) of fatigue and
See also:mortification (Caesar,
See also:Bell . Civ..iii . 5-18; Dio Cassius xli . 48) . Although not a man of
See also:great importance, Bibulus showed great persistency as the enemy of Caesar .
See also:Cicero says of him that he was no orator, but a careful writer . By his wife Porcia, daughter of Cato, afterwards married to
See also:Brutus, he had three sons . The two eldest were murdered in
See also:Egypt by some of the soldiery of
See also:Gabinius; the youngest,
See also:Lucius Calpurnius Bibulus, fought on the side of the republic at the
See also:battle of
See also:Philippi, but surrendered to Antony soon after-wards, and was by him appointed to the command of his fleet . He died (about 32) while
See also:governor of Syria under
See also:Augustus . He wrote a
See also:short memoir of his step-
See also:father Brutus, which was used by Plutarch (
See also:Appian, B.C. iv . 136; Plutarch, Brutus, 13 . 23) .
BICE (from Fr. bis, a word of doubtful origin, mean...
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