Senatus Consultum de Cn. Pisone Patre (CIL II2 5.900) and Tacitus’ Description of the Cn. Piso Trial

  • Milan Lovenjak University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
Keywords: history, Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso the Elder, Germanicus, Tacitus

Abstract

The paper examines the senate’s decree in the trial of Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso the Elder, who was suspected of murdering Germanicus (October 10, 19 AD) and starting a civil war. The decree has come down to us in six copies on bronze tablets, found in the Southern Spanish province of Sevilla. The circumstances of Germanicus’ death and Piso’s trial are described in some detail by Tacitus, in Books 2 and 3 of his Annals, but his narrative often departs from the ‘official’ version of events as recorded on the bronze tablets, either because of the historian’s remoteness in time or because of his writing style, which does not always observe chronological accuracy.

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Published
2016-12-31
How to Cite
Lovenjak, Milan. 2016. “Senatus Consultum De Cn. Pisone Patre (CIL II2 5.900) and Tacitus’ Description of the Cn. Piso Trial”. Keria: Studia Latina Et Graeca 18 (2), 47-78. https://doi.org/10.4312/keria.18.2.47-78.
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