Lucius Licinius Lucullus

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This article is on the Consul of 151 BC. For the descendent (this man's grandson) see Lucullus, and for others of this name see Licinia (gens).

Lucius Licinius Lucullus was a new man (novus homo) who became Consul in 151 BC. He was imprisoned by the Tribunes for attempting to enforce a troop levy too harshly. Upon reaching Hispania, he was disappointed to find that the Celtiberians had made peace, and attacked the Vaccaei and Cauci, without any warrant from the Senate.[1] He besieged the city of Cauca, and when the inhabitants surrendered, he demanded they do so under several conditions. One of these conditions was that a Roman garrison be installed in the city, which promptly killed all the adult males and plundered the city.[2]

He besieged the city of Intercatia, and they surrendered only when Scipio Africanus the Younger guaranteed that the treaty would not be broken.[3]

He was also involved in the Lusitanian War.

He was the father of the Lucius Licinius Lucullus (praetor 104 BC) who led Roman forces against rebel Sicilian slaves in the Second Servile War.[4]

It is also said that he was known for his sumptuous banquets.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Appian Roman History 6.51
  2. ^ Appian Roman History 6.52
  3. ^ Appian Roman History 6.54
  4. ^ Arthur Keaveney, Lucullus: A Life 1992, pg3
Preceded by
Lucius Valerius Flaccus and Marcus Claudius Marcellus
Consul of the Roman Republic
with Aulus Postumius Albinus
151 BC
Succeeded by
Tiberius Quinctius Flaminius and Manius Acilius Balbus