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I'm trying to find precedents for Caesar's request in 50 BC to stand for the consulship in absentia (i.e. without returning to Rome as a private citizen), which was ultimately refused by the Senate.

I've found mentions of Marius being elected in absentia in 105 BC whilst he was campaigning in Africa, although none of the articles provide a source. Does anyone know what the source is, and if there are any other attested examples of this (regardless of whether the request was granted or refused)?

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It was illegal to stand for consul unless physically present. Marius was the first to do so. I'd have to check the list of consuls to see if anyone else made the attempt. –  Mark C. Wallace Nov 4 '13 at 18:25
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@MarkC.Wallace Wait. Won't that just include who won while standing in absentia? How about those who lost? –  Monster Truck Nov 5 '13 at 12:38
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This guy was elected consul in absentia in 348 BC.

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That article contradicts itself, claiming a different age for when he was elected for the first time (22 first, 23 later). –  Lohoris Nov 12 '13 at 13:24
    
@Lohoris Good catch, but it doesn't seem to be a substantial error. –  Felix Goldberg Nov 12 '13 at 13:49
    
While it isn't per-se, I find to mistrust a source which includes such a prominent error, i.e. if I noticed this one, how many others are there I didn't notice? –  Lohoris Nov 12 '13 at 17:40
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