Cossus Cornelius Lentulus Gaetulicus (consul 1 BC)

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Cossus Cornelius Lentulus Gaetulicus (died 25 AD) was a Roman politician and general who was consul in 1 BC.

Biography[edit]

Originally born Cossus Cornelius Lentulus, Gaetulicus was a member of the patrician Lentulus branch of the Cornelii clan.

Despite giving the appearance of laziness,[1] he was given a number of important commands. After serving as consul in 1 BC alongside Lucius Calpurnius Piso, he was elected proconsul of Africa in 6 AD[2] Whilst there, he fought a successful campaign against the Gaetuli, which earned him the agnomen Gaetulicus.[3] One of the few individuals trusted by the emperor Tiberius,[1] he was sent to Pannonia in 14 AD to accompany Tiberius’s son Drusus in putting down a mutiny of the legions there.[3] Later, he was given the post of praefectus urbi,[1] holding it for a number of years prior to his death in 25 AD.

Gaetulicus had at least one son, Gnaeus Cornelius Lentulus Gaetulicus.[4]

Sources[edit]

  • Syme, Ronald, The Roman Revolution, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1939.
  • Smith, William, A New Classical Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1860)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Syme, pg. 436
  2. ^ Syme, pg. 435
  3. ^ a b Smith, pg. 430
  4. ^ Syme, pg. 437
Political offices
Preceded by
Quintus Fabricius (suffect)
Lucius Caninius Gallus (suffect)
Consul of the Roman Republic
1 BC
With: Lucius Calpurnius Piso
Succeeded by
Aulus Plautius (suffect)
Aulus Caecina Severus (suffect)