Gaius Aquillius Tuscus

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Gaius Aquillius Tuscus was consul of the Roman Republic from the gens Aquillia in 487 BC together with Titus Sicinius Sabinus. Aquillius led the war against the Hernici. Not many details are known, but Dionysius of Halicarnassus records that he was awarded an ovation, a lesser form of triumph for his victory.[1]

C. Ampolo has argued that Aquillius was of Etruscan origin, basing his argument in part on three wine pitchers of Etruscan origin, all bearing the name Avile Acvilnas (Latin, "Aulus Aquillius"). He has described the consul as an example of the horizontal social mobility that was common in the fifth and fourth centuries BC.[2]

Ancient sources[edit]


  1. ^ T.R.S. Broughton, The Magistrates of the Roman Republic (American Philological Association, 1952, 1986), vol. 1, pp. 19–20.
  2. ^ Ampolo, "Gli Aquilii del V. Secolo a.C. e il Problema di Fasti Consolari piu antichi nell'Anno 487 BC", PdP, 30 (1975), pp. 410-6; cited in Gary Forsythe, A Critical History of Early Rome (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006), p. 164

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Tuscus, C. Aquillius". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 

Political offices
Preceded by
Spurius Nautius Rutilus
Sextus Furius Medullinus
Consul of the Roman Republic
with Titus Sicinius Sabinus
487 BC
Succeeded by
Spurius Cassius Viscellinus III
Proculus Verginius Tricostus Rutilus