Gaius Rabirius Postumus

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Gaius Rabirius Postumus, defended by Cicero (54 BC) in the extant speech Pro Rabirio Postumo, when charged with extortion in Egypt and complicity with Aulus Gabinius. Rabirius was a member of the equites order who lent a very large sum of money to Ptolemy Auletes (Ptolemy XII), king of Egypt. Afterwards, Ptolemy XII refused to repay the money and had Rabirius imprisoned. When Auletes threatened Rabirius' life, the latter escaped to Rome, where he was accused by the Senate of Rome. He was defended by Cicero and acquitted.

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  • Marcus Tullius Cicero Cicero's Speech Pro Rabirio Postumo. Oxford University Press, 2001