Publius Claudius Pulcher (consul 249 BC)
Curule aedile in 253 BC, as consul in 249 he was given command of the Roman fleet during the First Punic War. He lost the Battle of Drepana against the Carthaginians after ignoring a bad omen. According to Valerius Maximus, Suetonius and Cicero, when the sacred chickens refused to eat, Claudius threw them into the sea, saying: "Since they do not wish to eat, let them drink!" (Latin "Bibant, quoniam esse nollent"). He was recalled to Rome and ordered to appoint a dictator; his nomination of his subordinate Marcus Claudius Glicia was overruled. He was tried for incompetence and impiety and was fined, and died soon afterwards, possibly by suicide.
- Sheridan, Paul (2015-11-08). "The Sacred Chickens of Rome". Anecdotes from Antiquity. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
Gaius Atilius Regulus
and Lucius Manlius Vulso Longus
| Consul of the Roman Republic
with Lucius Junius Pullus
Gaius Aurelius Cotta
and Publius Servilius Geminus
|This ancient Roman biographical article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|