Manius Aemilius Lepidus (consul 66 BC)

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Manius Aemilius Lepidus was a Roman politician who became consul in 66 BC alongside Lucius Volcatius Tullus.

Biography[edit]

A member of the patrician Aemilia clan, Lepidus was proquaestor in an eastern province between 84 BC and 78 BC,[1] whom was the father of Quintus Aemilius Lepidus. By 69 BC he was elected to the post of praetor[2] and in 66 BC he was elected consul together with Lucius Volcatius Tullus.[3]

He is mentioned several times by Cicero, but never attained much political importance. In 65, he is spoken of as one of the witnesses against Gaius Cornelius, whom Cicero defended.[4] In 63 BC, Catiline offered to place himself in Lepidus's custody after Catiline was notified of an impending prosecution.[5]

Lepidus belonged to the aristocratic party, but on the breaking out of the civil war in 49 BC, he retired to his Formian villa to watch the progress of events. Here he was in almost daily intercourse with Cicero, from whose letters we learn that Lepidus was resolved not to cross the sea with Gnaeus Pompeius, but to yield to Julius Caesar if the latter was likely to be victorious. He eventually returned to Rome in March.[6]

References[edit]

  • T. Robert S. Broughton, The Magistrates of the Roman Republic, Vol II (1952).
  • Holmes, T. Rice, The Roman Republic and the Founder of the Empire, Vol. I (1923)
  • Anthon, Charles & Smith, William, A New Classical Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography, Mythology and Geography (1860).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Broughton, pg. 85
  2. ^ Broughton, pg. 130
  3. ^ Broughton, pg. 150; Dio Cassius, Roman History,36.42
  4. ^ Syme, Roman Revolution, pg. 22
  5. ^ Holmes, T. Rice, The Roman Republic and the Founder of the Empire, Vol. I, pg. 261
  6. ^ Anthon & Smith, pg. 432

Original Sources[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Manius Acilius Glabrio and Gaius Calpurnius Piso
Consul of the Roman Republic
with Lucius Volcatius Tullus
66 BCE
Succeeded by
Lucius Manlius Torquatus and Lucius Aurelius Cotta