His rivals, in fact, were the previous republican annalists--of whom, unfortunately, we can only judge by their fragments such as Cincius Alimentus, Coelius Antipater or Cassius Hemina from the older generation and Claudius Quadrigarius (a major source from Livy's Book 6 onwards), Valerius Antias (frequently criticised for his exaggerations), Sempronius Asellio
, Cornelius Sisenna or Licinius Macer.
But they got ahead of him and stopped Asellio from entering the temple and when he had fled into a bar they cut his throat.
The causes for the murder of Sempronius Asellio and the promulgation of the lex Sulpicia may therefore be traced only as far back as the Social War and therefore a recent phenomenon.
At the very start of the war at least some partisan hostilities (we are told) had been laid aside;(7) the murdered praetor of 89, Sempronius Asellio, had been attempting a solution to debt-problems;(8) the issue of jury-selection raised by the scandalous conviction of P.
has a full exposition, though I do not wholly agree with his view of Asellio's actions.