Lucius Volusius Saturninus (suffect consul 3)

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Lucius Volusius Saturninus (38/37 BC[1] - 56[2]) was a noted Ancient Roman statesman of his day.[3]

Family Background[edit]

Saturninus was the son of suffect consul Lucius Volusius Saturninus and Nonia Polla.[4] He had a sister called Volusia who married a certain Cornelius,[5] while his paternal cousins were Lollia Saturnina and Lollia Paulina, the third wife of the Roman emperor Caligula.

Political Career of Saturninus[edit]

Career
Rank Date
Augur Before 3
Suffect consul[6] 3
Proconsul of Anatolia[7] 9 - 10
Augustalis, Titius[8] 14 - 56
Legatus pro praetore, probably of Illyricum[9] 14 - 15
Legatus pro praetore of Dalmatia[10] 34 - 50
Prefect of Rome[11] ca. 42 - 56

Reputation & Posthumus Honors[edit]

Saturninus had a distinguished reputation,[12] who was in good graces of all of the Roman emperors who avoided the malevolence of them and had a great fortune.[13] He died at the age of 93.[14] When he died, the Roman Senate under the sponsorship of Roman emperor Nero ordered a state funeral and the erection of a number of statues of him in major temples, theatres and civic buildings throughout Rome. The statues included a bronze one in the Forum of Augustus, two marble statues in the temple of the Deified Augustus, one consular statue in the temple of the Deified Julius, another on the Palatium intra Tripylum, a third in the forecourt of Apollo in sight of the curia, a statue as Augur, an Equestrian statue and a statue on a curule chair sitting near the Theatre of Pompey.

Family & Issue[edit]

Saturninus married the noblewoman Cornelia Lentula, the daughter of the consul of 3 BC, Lucius Cornelius Lentulus.[15] Cornelia bore Saturninus three sons who were: Lucius Volusius Saturninus who became a Pontifex Maximus, Quintus Volusius Saturninus who became a consul of 56 and an unnamed son.[16] Saturninus with his sons, ran the columbarium on the Appian Way.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Entry in historical sourcebook of Lucius Volusius Saturninus by Mahlon H. Smith
  2. ^ Tacitus, Annals: Part Two: Claudius & Nero, Chapter 11 – The Fall of Agrippina
  3. ^ Genealogy of Volusius Saturninus by D.C. O’Driscoll
  4. ^ Romeins Imperium – Lucius Quintus Volusius Saturninus translated from Dutch to English
  5. ^ Genealogy of Volusius Saturninus by D.C. O’Driscoll
  6. ^ Fast. Cap., Inscr.It. XIII 1, p. 60 f.; Fast. Gab., ebd. p. 258; Fast. Arv., ebd. p. 298; CIL III 2974; X 824; XV 571
  7. ^ IGR IV 429
  8. ^ CIL III 2975
  9. ^ CIL III 2975
  10. ^ CIL III 2882, 2974—2976, 9872, 12794
  11. ^ Plin. NH VII 12
  12. ^ Tacitus, Annals: Part Two: Claudius & Nero, Chapter 11 – The Fall of Agrippina
  13. ^ Tacitus, Annals: Part Two: Claudius & Nero, Chapter 11 – The Fall of Agrippina
  14. ^ Tacitus, Annals: Part Two: Claudius & Nero, Chapter 11 – The Fall of Agrippina
  15. ^ Levick, Tiberius the Politician, p. 53
  16. ^ Genealogy of Volusius Saturninus by D.C. O’Driscoll
  17. ^ Treggiari, Family Life among the Staff of the Volusii - Transactions of the American Philological Association

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Preceded by
Publius Cornelius Lentulus Scipio and Titus Quinctius Crispinus Valerianus
Suffect consul of the Roman Empire with Publius Silius
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Succeeded by
Gnaeus Sentius Saturninus and Gaius Clodius Licinus