Libo Rupilius Frugi
He was one of the sons and among the children born to Marcus Licinius Crassus Frugi (consul 64) with his wife Sulpicia Praetextata daughter of the suffect consul in 46, Quintus Sulpicius Camerinus Peticus and a grandson of Marcus Licinius Crassus Frugi who had been consul in 27 and noblewoman Scribonia. His brother Gaius Calpurnius Piso Crassus Frugi Licinianus, had been a consul in 87. The father of Frugi, was executed by the Roman emperor Nero between 66 and 68, because of information brought against him by Marcus Aquilius Regulus. After the death of his father, his mother took him with his siblings, to a Roman Senate meeting in 70 early in the reign of Roman emperor Vespasian, seeking vengeance for his father’s death. Regulus with his associated political circle was prosecuted by the Roman Senate.
According to Augustan History, Frugi was of consular rank and refers to him as a former consul. Frugi served as a suffect consul in 88. Pliny the Younger reports him speaking aggressively in the Roman Senate in 101.
It has been argued that Frugi married the niece of the Roman emperor Trajan, Salonina Matidia as her third husband. If so, Frugi with Matidia had a daughter called Rupilia Faustina. In any case, Rupilia Faustina became the paternal grandmother of Marcus Aurelius.
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- Romeins Imperium – Marcus Licinius Crassus Frugi translated from Dutch to English
- Vasily Rudich, Political Dissidence Under Nero: The Price of Dissimulation, Routledge
- Brian W. Jones, The Emperor Domitian, p.p.165-6. Routledge
- J. Shelton, , The Women of Pliny's Letters, p.153. Routledge, 2013
- S.H. Rutledge, Imperial Inquisitions: Prosecutors and Informants from Tiberius to Domitian (Google eBook), p.119. Routledge, 2002
- Augustan History, Marcus Aurelius, 1.4, where Rupili Boni is emended to Rupili Libonis
- Pliny the Younger, Ep. 3.9.33
- Matidia the Elder, from Livius.org.
- "Libo Frugi's wife is unknown, but J. Carcopino, REA 51 (1949) 262 ff. argued that she was Matidia. This was supported by H. G. Pflaum, HAC 1963 (1964) 106 f. However, Schumacher, Priesterkollegien 195 points out that Libo Frugi's daughter Rupilia Faustina can hardly have been old enough, in that case, to be the mother of Marcus' father. The only way out would be to suppose that Matidia married Libo before her other two husbands; and was divorced from him (as he was still alive in 101). The theory becomes increasingly implausible." Anthony Richard Birley, Marcus Aurelius, page 244