Aulus Cornelius Palma Frontonianus

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Aulus Cornelius Palma Frontonianus was a soldier and Roman statesman who came from Volsinii in Etruria.

His first known post is that of praetorian legate in Asia sometime during Domitian's reign. He went on to command a Legion in the years 94-97 AD and became First Consul shortly after, in the year 99 AD. In that same year Cornelius Palma went to Spain to take up the position of governor of Hispania Citerior. A short time later, he became the governor of Syria and under emperor Trajan, annexed Nabatea in the year 106 AD, helping to create the Roman province of Arabia Petraea. In 109 AD, he briefly regained his consulship.

Cornelius Palma seems to have been valued by Trajan for his administrative and military skills. This closeness to the emperor may have been a deciding factor in his execution by Hadrian in the year 117 AD, following the death of the emperor.


Secondary sources[edit]

  • Grainger, John D. (2004). Nerva and the Roman Succession Crisis of AD 96-99. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-34958-3. 
Preceded by
P. Iulius Lupus
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Quintus Sosius Senecio
Succeeded by
Sulpicius Lucretius Barba,
Senecio Memmius Afer
Preceded by
Q. Pompeius Falco,
Lustricus Bruttianus
Consul of the Roman Empire
with P. Calvisius Tullus Ruso
Succeeded by
L. Annius Largus