Lucius Ennius

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Lucius Ennius was a Roman Eques[1][2] that lived in the second half of the 1st century BC and first half of the 1st century.

Little is known on the origins of Ennius, however he may have been originally from the Roman province of Creta et Cyrenaica. Ennius was a member of the gens, Ennia, hence was a relative of Quintus Ennius, a Poet that lived during the Roman Republic and Manius Ennius a Roman Soldier, that served with Germanicus in 14 on the Rhine River.

In 22 Ennius was accused of treason by the Roman Senate, for having converted a statue of the Roman emperor Tiberius to the common use of silver plate.[3] However Tiberius, forbade Ennius for his matter to be put on trial[4] and saved him from prosecution,[5] although the Roman Senate didn’t approve of the actions of the emperor.[6] After this moment, no more is known on Ennius.

At an unknown date sometime in the early 1st century, Ennius married a Roman noblewoman from Alexandria, in the Roman Province of Egypt who was of Greek, Armenian and Median descent. His wife was the unnamed daughter of Thrasyllus of Mendes and his wife, Aka II of Commagene.[7][8] Thrasyllus was an Egyptian Greek Grammarian, Literary Commentator who served as the astrologer and became the personal friend of the Roman emperor Tiberius,[9] who reigned from 14 until 37, while Aka II was a Princess from the Kingdom of Commagene.[10] His brother-in-law was Tiberius Claudius Balbilus.[11]

Ennius had with his wife, a daughter called Ennia Thrasylla[12][13] who married the Praetorian prefect of the Praetorian Guard, Naevius Sutorius Macro. Ennius with his wife, may also had a son called Lucius Ennius who was the father of Lucius Ennius Ferox, a Roman Soldier who served during the reign of the Roman emperor Vespasian[14] from 69 until 79.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Levick, Tiberius: The Politician, p.p.137&230
  2. ^ Tacitus, Annals, Book III, 70
  3. ^ Tacitus, Annals, Book III, 70
  4. ^ Tacitus, Annals, Book III, 70
  5. ^ Levick, Tiberius: The Politician, p.230
  6. ^ Tacitus, Annals, Book III, 70
  7. ^ Levick, Tiberius: The Politician, p.p.137&230
  8. ^ Genealogy of daughter of Tiberius Claudius Thrasyllus & Aka II of Commagene at rootsweb
  9. ^ Holden, A History of Horoscopic Astrology, p.26
  10. ^ Beck, Beck on Mithraism: Collected Works With New Essays, p.42-3
  11. ^ Royal genealogy of Aka II of Commagene at rootsweb
  12. ^ Levick, Tiberius: The Politician, p.p.137&230
  13. ^ Genealogy of daughter of Tiberius Claudius Thrasyllus & Aka II of Commagene at rootsweb
  14. ^ Coleman-Norton, Ancient Roman Statutes, p.151-2

Sources[edit]

  • Tacitus, The Annals of Imperial Rome
  • P. Robinson Coleman-Norton & F. Card Bourne, Ancient Roman Statutes, The Lawbook Exchange Limited, 1961
  • B. Levick, Tiberius: The Politician, Routledge, 1999
  • R. Beck, Beck on Mithraism: Collected Works With New Essays, Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2004
  • J.H. Holden, A History of Horoscopic Astrology, American Federation of Astrology, 2006
  • Royal genealogy of Aka II of Commagene at rootsweb
  • Genealogy of daughter of Tiberius Claudius Thrasyllus & Aka II of Commagene at rootsweb