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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive on Clodius' political career - but a dusty read, 22 Sep 2012
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This review is from: The Patrician Tribune: Publius Clodius Pulcher (Studies in the History of Greece and Rome) (Hardcover)
There are some scholarly works which are also great and entertaining reads - but sadly this isn't one of them. For anyone working on the politics of the late Republic, or the rather fascinating Clodian family then this is a book which we can't ignore. And it is detailed and comprehensive in tracing P.Clodius Pulcher's career: his exemplary family history, the scandalous Bona Dea episode, the change of name from the patrician Claudius to the plebeian Clodius before being elected Tribune of the Plebs, the relationships with Julius Caesar and Cicero, to Clodius' early death.

This is, though, a dusty and dry read - and a book which it's difficult to read straight through. Instead I found myself working from the index to the specifics of what I wanted. So this is clear, well-documented and referenced - but it does rather unaccountably manage to make a dull subject out of the wild and wayward Clodius.
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