Gaius Cocceius Balbus

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Gaius Cocceius Balbus (fl. 1st century BC) was a Roman politician and military commander who served as suffect consul in 39 BC.

Biography[edit]

A member of the Plebeian gens Cocceia, Cocceius Balbus was a supporter of Marcus Antonius.[1] He was probably elected as Praetor in 42 BC.[2] In 39 BC, he was appointed suffect consul to replace Lucius Marcius Censorinus.[3]

In around 35 BC, Cocceius Balbus served as either proconsular governor of Macedonia, or as a Legatus in Greece.[4] During his time in Greece, he was acclaimed as Imperator by his troops.[5] He eventually abandoned Marcus Antonius and threw his support behind Octavianus after Antonius divorced Octavia the Younger.[6]

Political offices
Preceded by
Lucius Marcius Censorinus
Suffect consul of the Roman Republic
39 BC
with Alfenus Varus
Succeeded by
Appius Claudius Pulcher and Gaius Norbanus Flaccus

Sources[edit]

  • Broughton, T. Robert S., The Magistrates of the Roman Republic, Vol. II (1951)
  • Syme, Ronald, The Roman Revolution (1939)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Syme, pg. 200
  2. ^ Broughton, pg. 359
  3. ^ Broughton, pg. 386
  4. ^ Broughton, pg. 407
  5. ^ Syme, pg. 267
  6. ^ Stern, Gaius, Women, Children, and Senators on the Ara Pacis Augustae: A Study of Augustus' Vision of a New World Order in 13 BC (2006), pg. 351