Gaius Terentius Varro

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For others with a similar name, see Varro (cognomen).

Gaius Terentius Varro (/ˈvær/; fl. 3rd century BC) was a Roman consul and commander. Along with his colleague, Lucius Aemilius Paullus, he commanded at the Battle of Cannae in 216 BC, during the Second Punic War, against the Carthaginian general Hannibal. The battle resulted in a decisive Roman defeat.

Varro had been a praetor in 218 BC.[1] He served as a proconsul in Picenum during 215–213 BC.[2] In 208–207 BC, he served as a propraetor, in which capacity he held Etruria.[3] In 200 BC, he went to Africa as ambassador.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Livy xxii.25
  2. ^ Livy xxiv.10
  3. ^ Livy xxvii.35, 36, xxviii.10
  4. ^ Livy xxxi.11


  • Livy, History of Rome, Rev. Canon Roberts (translator), Ernest Rhys (Ed.); (1905) London: J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd.
Preceded by
Gnaeus Servilius Geminus and Marcus Atilius Regulus (Suffect)
Consul of the Roman Republic
with Lucius Aemilius Paullus
216 BC
Succeeded by
Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus and Lucius Postumius Albinus