dictum est servo imperatum a P. Clodio ut Pompeius occideretur. Pompeius statim domum rediit <et> ex eo domi <se> tenuit.1 obsessus est etiam a liberto Clodi Damione, ut ex Actis eius <anni>2 cognovi, in quibus XV kal. Sept. L. Novius tribunus plebis, collega Clodi, cum Damio adversum <L.>3 Flavium praetorem appellaret tribunos et tribuni de appellatione cognoscerent, ita sententiam dixit: “et4 hoc apparitore P. Clodi vulneratus sum5 et hominibus armatis praesidiis dispositis a re publica remotus {sum}6 Cn. Pompeius obsessus7 est. cum appeller, non utar eius exemplo quem vitupero et iudicium tollam,” et reliqua de intercessione.


P. Sestius (praet. 54/50 BC; RE Sestius 6) served in various political offices up to the praetorship. He supported Cicero during the latter’s exile (Cic. Q Fr. 1.4.2; Att. 3.20.3).

  • 1rediit <et> ex eo domi <se> tenuit Rinkes: rediit ex eodem tenuis codd.: rediit ex eo domi tenus Poggius
  • 2add. Baiter: temporis add. Manutius
  • 3add. KS
  • 4et codd.: et <si ab> KS: ab Pighius
  • 5sum codd., an delendum?
  • 6del. KS
  • 7obsessus codd.: obsessus<que> KS


have slipped out of the hands of a slave of P. Clodius [P. Clodius Pulcher (137)], and when it was brought to the consul Gabinius, it was said that the slave had been ordered by P. Clodius to kill Pompey. Pompey immediately returned home <and> from then onward stayed at home. He was even besieged by a freedman of Clodius, Damio, as I have discovered from the records of that <year>, in which, on the fifteenth day before the Kalends of September [August 16], L. Novius, a Tribune of the People, a colleague of Clodius, made the following statement, when Damio appealed to the Tribunes against the praetor <L.> Flavius [tr. pl. 60, praet. 58 BC], and the Tribunes were investigating the appeal: “Both I was hurt by this attendant of P. Clodius, and Cn. Pompeius, after armed men had been stationed as guards, has been removed from public life and besieged.1 When I am appealed to, I will not follow the example of the man whom I criticize and annul the verdict,”2 and further matters about intercession.


When Sestius was Tribune of the People in 57 BC, he was badly handled by P. Clodius Pulcher’s (137) gangs (Cic. Sest. 79–83, 85, 90; Red. sen. 7; Mil. 38; Q Fr. 2.3.6).

  • 1This is what the transmitted reading says (on the text see Sumner 1965, 135–36). Since, according to Asconius, the issue concerns Pompey, and there is no mention of an attack on Novius, there may be confusion in the text, and Pompey might be the subject of the first half of this sentence too.
  • 2Perhaps the Tribune P. Clodius Pulcher was inclined to accept the appeal, and therefore Novius announced that he would not do the same.
DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.fragmentary_republican_latin-oratory.2019