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 to the proconsular governor Asia sometime during Domitian's reign. He went on to command a Legion in the years AD 94-97 and became consul ordinarius shortly after, in the year AD 99. In that same year Cornelius Palma went to Hispania to take up the position of governor of Hispania Tarraconensis. A short time later, he became the governor of Syria and under emperor Trajan, annexed Nabatea in AD 106, helping to create the Roman province of Arabia Petraea. In AD 109, he was consul ordinarius a second time.

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 118 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.
Political offices
Preceded by
Quintus Fulvius Gillo Bittius Proculus,
and Publius Julius Lupus

as consules suffecti
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Quintus Sosius Senecio
Succeeded by
Publius Sulpicius Lucretius Barba,
and Senecio Memmius Afer

as consules suffecti
Preceded by
Quintus Pompeius Falco,
and Marcus Titius Lustricus Bruttianus

as consules suffecti
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Publius Calvisius Tullus Ruso
Succeeded by
Lucius Annius Largus,
and Publius Calvisius Tullus Ruso