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People/Characters: Marcus Calpurnius Bibulus

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Julius Caesar by Philip Freeman
A Noise of War: Caesar, Pompey, Octavian and the Struggle for Rome by A. J. Langguth
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

Character description

Marcus Calpurnius Bibulus: Roman Consul, i.e. co-head of state. He is remembered mostly for the jokes made about him. He was consul in the same year as Julius Caesar, but Caesar was very popular and very radical, and Bibulus opposed Caesar's programs but could do little to halt them. So, when it was his turn to preside over legislation, he would instead go home and say he was awaiting omens. He accomplished almost nothing positive, and this gave rise to another joke. Romans dated by consular years, e.g. "in the consulship of Pompey and Crassus." So the year 59 B.C.E., which was properly called "the consulship of Bibulus and Caesar," was labelled by wits as "the consulship of Julius and Caesar."

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