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CHAPTER VII The Triumvirate And Cesar's Consulate 60-59 B.c.
hastened to Rome (Suet., 18), just as he had hastened to his
province. For his successor he did not wait. Triumph and consulate
were the next prizes. He knew that he had arrived at the threshold
of greater things. When he arrived, the day had already been
published by the consuls, on which their successors (the chief
magistrates for 59 B.c.) were to be voted for. Caesar's return to
Rome occurred in the month of June ("Att.,"2, 1, 9). Caesar could
not be voted for (ratio eius haberi) unless he entered the city as
a private citizen. Here, again, he was compelled to yield to the
opposition, in the senate, of Cato, whom, as the years went by, he
probably hated more than any other man in public life. In vain did
Caesar, through his own servitors in the senate, manceu- vre for a
special immunity.1 Constrained to choose, he selected the
consulate. Caesar had arranged his plans for the canvass even in
December, 61, though personally absent. ("Att.," 1, 17, 11.)
Lucceius, a very rich senator and amateur historian, was induced ?
we know not by what arguments ? to form a combination with Caesar
(coi're), i.e., to appear as a candidate in the electioneering, but
throw all his influence into the scales of Caesar's candidacy. And
this cooperation was of a very palpable nature; Lucceius, through
his agents, gave out the promise of bribe money in all the
electoral units (centuriae)as funds coming from Caesar and Lucceius
conjointly. The leaders of the Optimates did not, indeed, harbor
any hope of preventing Caesar's election. They were troubled by the
fear that Lucceius, too, might pull through, and then, in the
impending consular year of their most consistent and resourceful
foe ? they would have to contend, not with one hos...
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