Quintus Hortensius (consul designate 108 BC)

Quintus Hortensius (or possibly Lucius Hortensius)[1] (fl. 2nd century BC) was a Roman politician who was elected consul for 108 BC, but was prosecuted before he could take office.

BiographyEdit

Hortensius was a member of the plebeian gens Hortensia, and possibly the uncle of the famous orator Quintus Hortensius.[2] It has been speculated that he served as a legatus under Quintus Mucius Scaevola Augur in Asia in 121 BC, and was a witness at his trial in 120.[3]

In 111 BC, it is believed that Hortensius served as praetor in Sicily.[4] He was then elected consul in 109 BC for the following year (108 BC), but was put on trial and condemned prior to taking office, most likely for electoral bribery.[5] He most likely then had his citizenship revoked before being exiled.

SourcesEdit

  • Broughton, T. Robert S., The Magistrates of the Roman Republic, Vol I (1951)
  • Swan, Michael, The Consular Fasti of 23 BC and the Conspiracy of Varro Murena, Harvard Studies in Classical Phililogy, Volume 71, 1967, pgs. 235 - 247

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Broughton, pgs. 541-542
  2. ^ Broughton, pg. 542
  3. ^ Broughton, pgs. 524-525
  4. ^ Broughton, pgs. 540-542
  5. ^ Swan, pg. 240
Political offices
Preceded by
Quintus Caecilius Metellus and Marcus Iunius Silanus
Consul designate of the Roman Republic
with Servius Sulpicius Galba
108 BC
Succeeded by
Marcus Aurelius Scaurus