Gaius Memmius Regulus

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Gaius Memmius Regulus was a Roman consul that lived in the 1st century in the Roman Empire.

Family Background & Early Life[edit]

Regulus was a member of the Plebeian gens, Memmia. He was the son of Roman Senator, consul Publius Memmius Regulus and Lollia Paulina,[1] a woman of great beauty and considerable wealth. His father was the son of an elder Publius Memmius Regulus from his unnamed wife who originally was from Roussillon of the Roman province of Gallia Narbonensis. His mother was the second daughter of the suffect consul Marcus Lollius and the noble woman Volusia Saturnina.[2] His name was an ancestral one from the gens, Memmia. His Praenomen Gaius is also inherited from his mother’s family, as the paternal grandmother of Lollia Paulina was a member of the gens, Valeria, as the Praenomen Gaius also belonged to that gens.

Regulus was born at an unknown date during the second half of the reign of the Roman emperor Tiberius who ruled from 14 until 37 at an unknown place in the Roman Empire. When his father served as a praefect of Achaea in 35, with his father they were honored with various statues. In 38, the Roman emperor Caligula forced his parents to divorce, so that Caligula could marry his mother for himself.[3][4][5][6]

Political career[edit]

Regulus served as an ordinary consul in 63[7] with Lucius Verginius Rufus during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero. After his consulship, Regulus in 65 served in the priesthood of the Sodales Augustales and later in the Sodales Claudialium.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Memmius Regulus by D.C. O’Driscoll
  2. ^ Lollius by D.C. O’Driscoll
  3. ^ Fasti Capitolini
  4. ^ Publius Cornelius Tacitus, Annales, xv. 23.
  5. ^ Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, William Smith, Editor
  6. ^ Jan Gruter, Inscriptiones Antiquae Totius Orbis Romani, Heidelberg (1603), p. 8.
  7. ^ Memmius Regulus by D.C. O’Driscoll
  8. ^ Der Neue Pauly, Stuttgart 1999, T. 7, c. 1201

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