Lucius Egnatius Victor Lollianus
Egnatius Victor was a member of the third century gens Egnatia, and it has been speculated that he was the son of Lucius Egnatius Victor, consul suffectus before AD 207. In AD 213 he was coopted to serve with the sodales Antoninianes. He was then appointed Legatus Augusti pro praetore of Galatia in AD 218, before being appointed suffect consul sometime between AD 225 and 230.
Around AD 230, Egnatius Victor was appointed Corrector of the province of Achaea. This was followed by his posting as Legatus Augusti pro praetore of Bithynia et Pontus sometime between AD 230 and 235. It has been speculated that he was also Legatus Augusti pro praetore of Pannonia Inferior sometime during the reign of Alexander Severus (AD 222 – 235).
Egnatius Victor and his brother-in-law Valerian were probably important senatorial supporters of the Gordiani, and he reached the pinnacle of his career during the reign of Gordian III when, between AD 242 and 244 he became the Proconsular governor of Asia, which he held for three years. He was possibly assigned to the province extra sortem (or outside the usual assignment of senatorial provinces by lot) by Gordian III in relation to his planned campaign against the Sassanid Empire. Egnatius Victor was retained as governor by Philip the Arab after the death of Gordian III, indicating he gave immediate support to Philip after he returned from the Persian campaign. Finally, in AD 254, he was appointed Praefectus urbi of Rome by his brother-in-law Valerian who had become emperor the year before.
Egnatius Victor was probably the brother of Egnatia Mariniana, who was the wife of Valerian and mother of Gallienus. It has been conjectured that he had a son named Egnatius Lucillianus; however, a relationship between the imperial gens Egnatia and Egnatius Lucillianus has been described as very doubtful.
|Consul suffectus of the Roman Empire
between AD 225 and 230
- Mennen, Inge, Power and Status in the Roman Empire, AD 193-284 (2011)
- Mennen, pg. 101
- Mennen, pgs. 101 & 103
- Settipani, Christian, Continuité gentilice et continuité sénatoriale dans les familles sénatoriales romaines à l'époque impériale (2000), pgs. 398-400
- Mennen, pg. 101