PLOT1706 Q. Plotius (12) A. f.


  • Legatus (Ambassador) 113 Crete (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • The date of this embassy is set approximately by the course of the disputes in eastern Crete as revealed by the inscriptions cited above and by other inscriptions connected with these disputes (I. Cret. 1.16, nos 3, 4A, 4B, 5, and 18). Mention of the Athenian archon Sarapio provides a terminus post quem in 116 (I. Cret. 1.16.4B, partly repeated in REA 44.35, no. c), and the embassy had reported to the Senate in Rome before June, 112 (I. Cret. 3.4.9, and 10). After 116 there was time for Olus and Lato to come to hostilities, receive an arbitral judgment from Cnossos, and then after further difficulties have that judgment confirmed by the Roman embassy (documents in I. Cret. 1,{538} and REA, above). On the other hand, the hostilities between Itanos and Hierapytna were discussed in the Roman Senate under the Consuls of 115 and 114 (I. Cret. 3.4.10). The embassy under Fabius was sent to Crete, and its report guided the Senate in its deliberations under the Consul of 112. The most probable date for the sending of the embassy is 113. See, most recently, M. Guarducci, Epigraphica 9 (1947) 32-35 (published March, 1949). (Broughton MRR I)
    • This embassy was sent to Crete to intervene in the disputes between a number of cities of eastern Crete, Hierapytna and Itanos, and{537} Olus and Lato, with their respective allies Gortyn and Cnossos, which had led to local wars (H. van Effenterre, REA 44 [1942] 31-51, esp. 36, with all five names; and M. Guarducci, I. Cret. 3.4.9, lines 74ff., and 10, lines 68ff., with mention of Q. Fabius as head of an embassy). (Broughton MRR I)