Gaius Verres

Verres, Gaius


Year of birth unknown; died 43 B.C. Roman political figure.

Verres was an adherent of Cornelius Sulla. He was legate in Asia in 80 B.C. and praetor in 74 B.C. During the years 73-71 B.C. Verres governed the province of Sicily, where he was notorious for his corrupt actions and extortions. Because of these he was tried in court upon his return to Rome; Cicero acted as prosecutor. Considering his case to be lost, Verres voluntarily went into exile even before the end of his trial. During the Second Triumvirate, Verres was placed by M. Antony in the proscription list and executed.

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Hugh Eakin began his revealing article in the New York Review of Books about the trafficking of antiquities by citing Cicero's successful prosecution speech against Gaius Verres, former governor of Sicily: "Among the most sacred and revered Sicilian sanctuaries there was not a single one which he failed to plunder; not one single god .
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