Gaius Claudius Pulcher (consul 177 BC)

Gaius Claudius Pulcher, a.k.a. Caius Claudius (died 167 BC), consul in 177 BC, was the son of Appius Claudius Pulcher consul in 212 BC, and he was the father of Appius Claudius Pulcher, consul in 143 BC.[1]

Augur in 195 BC, praetor in 180 BC, during his consulate in 177 BC, he set out to fight against the Istrians,[2] but failed to perform the proper ceremonies and was forced to return to Rome.[3] Setting out again, he defeated the Istrians and moved on to fight the Ligurians recovering the town of Mutina.[4]

In 169 BC he was elected censor with Tiberius Gracchus the Elder, his former co-consul. Their censorship was quite severe and as a result they were impeached. They were acquitted through Gracchus's popularity with the people.[5] Later, in 167 BC, he went as part of an embassy to Macedon.[6] In that year, he died.[7]


  1. Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, xxxiii.44; William Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Myhtology, i.769.
  2. Polybius, Histories, xxv.4.
  3. Livy, xli.10.
  4. Livy, xli.10-18.
  5. Livy, xliii.14-16, xlv.15; Valerius Maximus, Factorum et Dictorum Mermorabilium, vi.5.3.
  6. Livy, xlv.17; Polybius, xxx.13.
  7. Livy, xlv.44.
Political offices
Preceded by
Marcus Iunius Brutus and Aulus Manlius Vulso
Consul of the Roman Republic
with Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus
177 BC
Succeeded by
Gnaeus Cornelius Scipio Hispallus and Quintus Petillius and Gaius Valerius Laevinus (Suffect)
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