Quintus Caecilius Metellus Creticus Silanus

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Quintus Caecilius Metellus Creticus Silanus, born Iunius Silanus was adopted by a descendant of the optimate Quintus Caecilius Metellus Creticus[1] and the natural son of Marcus Junius Silanus. He was a Consul in 7 AD[2] and governor of Syria from 13 AD to 17 AD.[1] Silanus was socially connected with the then heir to the Roman principate Germanicus, his daughter at one time was betrothed to Germinicus' son Nero.[3]

Towards the end of the governorship of Creticus Silanus Vonones seized the throne of Armenia, however Vonones was unpopular with the neighbouring Parthian Empire and war threatened. The Romans, not desiring war with Parthia had Cretius Silanus summon Vonones to his court in Syria in 16 AD. There Vonones was kept under surveillance and permitted to retain his royal pomp and title.[4]

Creticus Silanus was removed as governor of Syria by Tiberius to make way for Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso in 17 AD.[3]

Further reading[edit]

  • Manuel Dejante Pinto de Magalhães Arnao Metello and João Carlos Metello de Nápoles, "Metellos de Portugal, Brasil e Roma", Torres Novas, 1998


  1. ^ a b Swan, Peter Michael (2004). The Augustan succession: an historical commentary on Cassius Dio's Roman history, Books 55-56 (9 B.C.-A.D. 14). Oxford University Press. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-19-516774-0. 
  2. ^ Sherk, Robert K. (1984). Rome and the Greek East to the death of Augustus. Cambridge University Press. p. 160. ISBN 978-0-521-27123-3. 
  3. ^ a b Tacitus, The Annals 2.43
  4. ^ Tacitus, The Annals 2.4
Preceded by
Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Lucius Arruntius the Younger
Consul of the Roman Empire together with Aulus Licinius Nerva Silianus
Succeeded by
Marcus Furius Camillus and Sextus Nonius Quinctilianus