Lucius Nonius Asprenas (consul 36 BC)

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Lucius Nonius Asprenas was a Roman politician and general who fought with Julius Caesar and was elected consul suffectus in 36 BC.

Biography[edit]

A Novus homo of the late republic, and originally hailing from Picenum,[1] Asprenas was elected to the office of praetor by 47 BC.[2] Although having no obvious connections or political ties to Julius Caesar[3] he held a proconsular command under Caesar in Africa during the civil war, holding the town of Thapsus with two legions in 46 BC.[4] The following year he followed Caesar to Hispania, where he was given a command over the cavalry, possibly as a legate.[5]

During the early years of the Second Triumvirate Asprenas was largely overlooked for military command, but eventually he was given a role in Caesar Octavianus’s war against Sextus Pompeius.[6] He was rewarded for his services with his election as suffect consul in 36 BC.[7] In 31 BC, Asprenas was elected as one of the Septemviri Epulones.[8]

He had at least one son, Lucius Nonius Asprenas, who was the father of the consul suffectus of AD 6. He also had a daughter, Nonia Polla, who married Lucius Volusius Saturninus.[9]

Political offices
Preceded by
Lucius Gellius Publicola and Marcus Cocceius Nerva
Consul suffectus of the Roman Republic
with Quintus Marcius
36 BC
Succeeded by
Sextus Pompeius and Lucius Cornificius

Sources[edit]

  • T. Robert S. Broughton, The Magistrates of the Roman Republic, Vol II (1952).
  • Syme, Ronald, The Roman Revolution (1939)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Syme, pg. 92
  2. ^ Broughton, pg. 286
  3. ^ Syme, pgs. 63-64
  4. ^ Broughton, pg. 297; Caesar, Bell. Afr., 80:4
  5. ^ Broughton, pg. 312
  6. ^ Syme, pg. 111
  7. ^ Broughton, pg. 398; Syme, pg. 199
  8. ^ Broughton, pg. 427
  9. ^ Syme, Ronald, "The Augustan Aristocracy" (1986). Clarendon Press. Page 56. Retrieved 2012-10-30  – via Questia (subscription required)