SEST2296 P. Sestius (6) L. f. Col.


Life Dates

  • 52, expelled from Senate (Alexander 1990) Expand

    Expelled from Senate? Alexander TLRR no. 323 (possibly condemned, hence expelled, under lex Pompeia de ambitu, in relation to praetorian campaign of 56 for 55).

  • Before 50?, restored (Broughton MRR III) Expand

    If praetor in 50 (Brennan) or 49 (MRR 3).


son of
? L. Sestius (2) (tr. pl. 91?) (Zmeskal 2009)
married to
1 Albinia? (A) (daughter of C. Albanius (Albinius 1) (sen. 61)) (Zmeskal 2009) Expand

Cic. fam. XIII 8.1, Cic. Sest. 146

2 Cornelia (416) (daughter of L. Cornelius (338) L. f. L. n. Scipio Asiaticus (Asiagenus) (cos. 83)) (Zmeskal 2009) Expand

Cic. fam. V 6.1, Cic. Sest. 7

father of
1 Sestia (13) (daughter of P. Sestius (6) L. f. Col. (pr. before 49)) (Zmeskal 2009) Expand

Cic. Sest. 146, Cic. Sest. 6

1 L. Sestius (3) P. f. L. n. Quirinalis Alb-? (cos. suff. 23) (Zmeskal 2009) Expand

Cic. fam. XIII 8.1


  • Tribunus Militum before 63 (Suolahti 1955) Expand
    • A.213 (Suolahti 1955)
  • Quaestor 63 Rome, Italia (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • Returned first at the polls, he was especially attached to the staff of C. Antonius, but aided Cicero at Capua, and then returned to Rome, and at the end of the year joined Antonius in Etruria (Cic. Sest. 8-11; Vat. 11-12; cf. Cat. 1.21; Schol. Bob. 126 Stangl). (Broughton MRR II)
  • Proquaestor 62 Macedonia (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • See 63, Quaestors. Lle served against Catiline in Etruria under C. Antonius (Cic. Sest. 12), then proceeded to Macedonia with him as Proquaestor (Cic. Fam. 5.6; Sest. 13, quaesturam; Schol. Bob. 127 Stangl). (Broughton MRR II)
  • Proquaestor 61 Macedonia (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • Proquaestor in Macedonia under C. Antonius (Cic. Fam. 5.6.1, prescript; see 62, Promagistrates). (Broughton MRR II)
  • Tribunus Plebis 57 (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • The Tribune who, with Milo, worked most actively for Cicero's recall, meeting Clodius' violence with violence at great risk to his life, and also tried to prevent Clodius' election to the aedileship of 56; defended by Cicero when prosecuted in 56 for breach of the peace (Cic. Att. 3.17.1; 3.19.2, and 23.4; 4.3.3; QF 1.4, cf. 2.3.5-6, and 4.1; P. Red. in Sen. 20, and 30; P. Red. ad Quir. 15; Sest. passim; Vat. 41; Mil. 38; Schol. Bob. 125, and 128 Stangl). (Broughton MRR II)
    • p. 257-63 (Thommen 1989)
  • Praetor before 49 (Broughton MRR III) Expand
    • 2 On Aelius Tubero, Cotta (perhaps but not certainly referred to in QF 3.8.6, where Ms reading Gutta is emended to Cotta, as a possible candidate for the consulship of 52), and Postumius, see Hölzl 66f., Stella Maranca 332; and Wehrmarm 68, on Domitius, 71, on Cotta and Tubero, and 72, on Fannius. Nonius Sufenas, Fannius, Voconius, and Sestius are named in Cic. Att. 8.15.3, all with imperium in March of 49, and Postumius was in February directed to succeed Furfanius in Sicily (Att. 7.15.2). On Postumius, who was temporarily prominent between 51 and 49, see Sall. Ad Caes. 2.9.4, now dated with probability by Carlson to 51 B. C. (Eine Denkschrift an Caesar 4ber den Staat [Lund, 1936] 12-26). (Broughton MRR II)
    • The appearance of the members of this group as Promagistrates in various provinces and commands in 49 after the passage of Pompey's law making mandatory an interval of five years between the city magistracy and the provincial command, suggests that they had held the praetorship by or before 54 B. C. Fannius at least had good prospects of attaining the praetorship when he was referred to in 56 (see above). It is not clear how far the emergency caused exemptions from the law in 49, nor does it appear to have applied to the magistrates in office in 52. (Broughton MRR II)
    • Praetor before 49? See MRR 2.620 (Index). His position in 45 when Cicero (without using the praenomen) termed him parochus publicus (Att. 13.2.2) and his relationship with Caesar at that time (Att. 13.7.1) are the very insecure basis for the suggestion that he was one of the prefects whom Caesar left in charge of Rome during the Spanish campaign of 45 (MRR 2.313; Münzer, RE no. 6; Drumann-Grobe 3.569, note 8; E. Meyer, Caesars Monarchie 430, note 2). On the problem raised because he is listed second in the commission in the SC de Panamareis (Sherk, RDGE 158, no. 27) before L. Nonius Asprenas (Cos. suff. 36) and after him in the SC de Aphrodisiensibus, both dated to 39, see J. M. Reynolds (Aphrodisias and Rome, 69-71), who suggests that the order of precedence created by the naming of future consuls in the peace of Misenum in the same year explains the change. (Broughton MRR III)
    • p. 755, footnote 491 (Brennan 2000)
  • Promagistrate 49 Cilicia (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • Assigned the province of Cilicia, probably pro consule, in 49 B.C. (Plut. Brut. 4.2; cf. Cic. Att. 7.17.2; 8.15.3; 11.7.1; Fam. 5.20.5-6; Caes. BC 1.6.5-6). (Broughton MRR II)
  • Promagistrate 48 Cilicia (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • See 49, Promagistrates. Remained in possession of imperium after Pharsalus by grant from Caesar (Cic. Att. 11.7.1, Dec. 17,48), and served with Cn. Domitius Calvinus in Asia Minor (Bell. Alex. 34.5). (Broughton MRR II)