Marcus Aemilius Lepidus (consul 187 BC)

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The statue of Marcus Aemilius Lepidus in the City Hall of Reggio Emilia.

Marcus Aemilius Lepidus (died 152 BC) was a Roman consul, Pontifex Maximus and censor.

As a praetor he was governor of Sicily in 191 BC.[1] He was elected consul in 187 BC.[2] He and his colleague, Gaius Flaminius, subdued the Ligurians. From 180 BC onwards he was pontifex maximus and from 179 BC was princeps senatus. This same year he was also elected censor. In 175 BC he was elected consul for the second time.[3] He oversaw construction of the Via Aemilia in 187 BC, a Roman road from the town of Piacenza to Rimini, still in use and one of the most important roads in Northern Italy. He established the Roman colonies of Parma and Modena and gave his name to the Roman castrum of Regium Lepidi (today Reggio Emilia).


  1. ^ Livy Ab urbe condita XXXVI 2.10-12
  2. ^ Livy Ab urbe condita XXXVIII 42.2
  3. ^ About his political career: Broughton, T. Robert S.: The Magistrates Of The Roman Republic. Vol. 1: 509 B.C. - 100 B.C.. Cleveland, Ohio: Case Western Reserve University Press, 1951. Reprint 1968. (Philological Monographs. Edited by the American Philological Association. vol. 15, part 1), 191 BC = p. 352, 187 BC = p. 367-370, 175BC = p. 401
  • Livy. Periochae
  • Ronald Syme. The Augustan Aristocracy. Oxford, 1986
Political offices
Preceded by
Gaius Livius Salinator and Marcus Valerius Messalla
Consul of the Roman Republic
with Gaius Flaminius
187 BC
Succeeded by
Spurius Postumius Albinus and Quintus Marcius Philippus
Preceded by
Gnaeus Cornelius Scipio Hispallus and Quintus Petillius and Gaius Valerius Laevinus (Suffect)
Consul of the Roman Republic
with Publius Mucius Scaevola
175 BC
Succeeded by
Spurius Postumius Albinus Paullulus and Quintus Mucius Scaevola