Quintus Veranius

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Quintus Veranius was the name of two notable Roman politicians of the 1st century.

The elder Quintus Veranius was governor of Cappadocia in 18.[1] He was involved in the prosecution of Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso, who was accused of poisoning Germanicus, in 20. After Piso's death in the same year, the emperor Tiberius conferred priesthoods on the prosecutors.

Quintus Veranius Nepos[edit]

Quintus Veranius Nepos (d. 57) was a distinguished general to whom the Greek philosopher Onasander dedicated his Strategikos, a book on military tactics. He was IIIvir monetalis, tribune of Legio IV Scythica and quaestor under Tiberius. He was appointed tribune of the plebs in 41 and praetor in 42. In 43, the Emperor Claudius constituted the new province of Lycia, and appointed Veranius as its governor. He governed the province until 48, and during this period put down the rebellion of Cylicia Tracheotide. He was consul in 49, and elevated to patrician status by Claudius.

He became governor of Britain in 57, replacing Aulus Didius Gallus. He reversed Didius's policy of maintaining existing borders and began military operations against the troublesome Silures in what is now Wales, but died within a year. In his will he flattered Nero and claimed that, had he had another two years, he would have conquered the whole of the island. He was replaced by Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, and the speed with which Suetonius took Wales suggests that Veranius had already done much of the work.

Preceded by
Vitellius and Lucius Vipstanus Publicola Messalla
Consul of the Roman Empire together with Gaius Pompeius Longus Gallus
49
Succeeded by
Gaius Antistius Vetus and Marcus Suillius Nerullinus
Preceded by
Aulus Didius Gallus
Governor of Britain
57
Succeeded by
Gaius Suetonius Paulinus

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  1. ^ Tacitus, The Annals 2.56