Publius Mummius Sisenna

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Publius Mummius Sisenna was a Roman politician who was consul ordinarius in 133, and governor of Roman Britain shortly afterwards. Hadrian's Wall may have been finished under his governorship.

Little is known of his career. He is attested as governor of Roman Britain in a fragmentary inscription at Wroxeter dated 14 April 135.[1] The brief period between his consulship and governorship is unusual; he was one of only three persons known to have proceeded directly to governorship of Roman Britain without governing another province first.[2] The sudden departure of Sextus Julius Severus to Iudaea to suppress a rebellion there would explain part of this. Birley speculates that no other person was suitable for the job, and Hadrian appointed him the ordinary consulship as a means to render Sisenna eligible more rapidly.[3]

Another inscription shows Sisenna was to be proconsul of Asia in 150-1.[4]

Based on the unusual name, he was kinsman to, if not father of, the suffect consul of 146 and proconsul of Asia, Publicus Mummius Sisenna Rutilianus. Rutilianus served as legate of Legio VI Victrix, which was stationed in Britain, likely during the tenure of Sisenna.[3] If they were father and son, that Rutilianus became consul only thirteen years after Sisenna suggests that the latter attained the fasces late in life.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anthony Birley, The Fasti of Roman Britain, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1981), pp. 109f
  2. ^ Birley, Fasti, pp. 388ff
  3. ^ a b Birley, Fasti, p. 110
  4. ^ Birley, Fasti, p. 110 and note
  5. ^ Birley, Fasti, p. 249
Political offices
Preceded by
Gaius Iunius Serius Augurinus
Gaius Trebius Sergianus
Consul of the Roman Empire
133
With: Marcus Antonius Hiberus
Succeeded by
Lucius Julius Ursus Servianus
Titus Vibius Varus
Preceded by
Sextus Julius Severus
Governor of Roman Britain
c. 135
Unknown
Title next held by
Quintus Lollius Urbicus