The gens Appuleia, occasionally written Apuleia, was a plebeian family at ancient Rome, which flourished from the fifth century BC into imperial times. The first of the gens to achieve importance was Lucius Appuleius, tribune of the plebs in 391 BC.
Branches and cognomina
The cognomina of this gens are Decianus, Pansa, and Saturninus. Of these, only Saturninus was a regular surname. Decianus was first used by a member adopted from the Decia gens, and passed to his children.
- Lucius Appuleius, tribune of the plebs in 391 BC, impeached Camillus for having secreted part of the spoils of Veii.
- Quintus Appuleius Pansa, consul in 300 BC.
- Lucius Appuleius, one of the Roman ambassadors sent in 156 BC to examine the state of affairs between Attalus and Prusias.
- Marcus Appuleius M. f., a senator in 129 BC.
- Appuleius, proquaestor, perhaps of Quintus Marcius Philippus, proconsul in Asia in 55 BC.
- Appuleius, a praediator mentioned by Cicero in two of his letters.
- Marcus Appuleius, quaestor in Asia at the time of Caesar's death in 44 BC, proscribed by the triumvirs, but afterward restored to his native country.
- Appuleius, probably tribune of the plebs, was proscribed by the triumvirs in 43 BC, and escaped with his wife to Sicily.
- Sextus Appuleius Sex. f. Sex. n., consul in 29 BC.
- Marcus Appuleius Sex. f. Sex. n., consul in 20 BC, possibly the same person as Marcus Appuleius.
- Sextus Appuleius Sex. f. Sex. n., consul in AD 14, a relation of Augustus.
- Appuleia Varilla, daughter of the consul of 29 BC.
- Appuleius Celsus, a physician from Centuripa in Sicilia, who was the tutor of Valens and Scribonius Largus.
- Apuleius, perhaps named Lucius, author of Metamorphoses, or The Golden Ass.
- Lucius Appuleius Barbarus, a botanical writer, probably dating to the fourth century.
- Gaius Appuleius Saturninus, one of the commissioners sent by the Senate in 168 BC to inquire into and settle the disputes between the Pisani and Lunenses.
- Lucius Appuleius Saturninus, praetor in 166 BC.
- Lucius Appuleius Saturninus, tribune of the plebs in 103, 102 and 100 BC.
- Gnaeus Appuleius Saturninus, a native of Atina, was praetor in 59 BC, and governor of Macedonia in 58. Syme argues persuasively that sources interpreting references to "Cn. Saturninus" have incorrectly assigned him the nomen Appuleius, and that in fact he was a member of the Sentia gens.
- Gnaeus Appuleius Cn. f. Saturninus, or perhaps Gnaeus Sentius Saturninus, was the son of Gnaeus, the praetor and governor of Macedonia.
- Gaius Appuleius Decianus, tribune of the plebs in 98 BC.
- Gaius Appuleius C. f. Decianus, a negotiator at Pergamon and Apollonis in Asia Minor.
- Pseudo-Apuleius, a fourth century writer, also known as Appuleius Barbarus or Appuleius Platonicus.
- Lucius Caecilicus Minutianus Appuleius, a tenth century writer.
- Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, vol. I, p. 248 ("Appuleia or Apuleia Gens").
- Livy, v. 32.
- Plutarch, "The Life of Camillus", 12.
- Polybius, xxxii. 26.
- Sherk, "Senatus Consultum De Agro Pergameno", p. 368.
- Cicero, Epistulae ad Familiares, xiii. 45, 46.
- Cicero, Epistulae ad Atticum, xii. 14, 17.
- Appian, Bellum Civile, iii. 93.
- Cassius Dio, liv. 7.
- Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy, p. 317
- Scribonius Largus, De Compositione Medicamentorum, 94, 171.
- Livy, xlv. 13.
- Syme, "The Stemma of the Sentii Saturnini", pp. 157, 158.
- Polybius, Historiae (The Histories).
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, Epistulae ad Atticum, Epistulae ad Familiares.
- Titus Livius (Livy), History of Rome.
- Scribonius Largus, De Compositione Medicamentorum (On the Composition of Medicines).
- Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus (Plutarch), Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans.
- Appianus Alexandrinus (Appian), Bellum Civile (The Civil War).
- Lucius Cassius Dio Cocceianus (Cassius Dio), Roman History.
- Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, William Smith, ed., Little, Brown and Company, Boston (1849).
- Ronald Syme, "The Stemma of the Sentii Saturnini", in Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte, vol. 13, part 2, pp. 156–166 (April, 1964).
- Robert K. Sherk, "The Text of the Senatus Consultum De Agro Pergameno", in Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies, vol. 7, pp. 361–369 (1966).
- Ronald Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy, Clarendon Press, Oxford (1989).
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Smith, William, ed. (1870). . Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.