Lucius Aelius Lamia Plautius Aelianus

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Lucius Aelius Lamia Plautius Aelianus (c. 45 - 81/96) was a Roman senator, described by Brian W. Jones as "the most eminent of the consular victims" of Domitian.[1] He was executed by Domitian. Juvenal used his family as representative of Domitian's most noble victims;[2] Lamia was consul suffect in 80 with three different colleagues: Aulus Didius Gallus Fabricius Veiento, Quintus Aurelius Pactumeius Fronto, and Gaius Marius Marcellus Octavius Publius Cluvius Rufus.[3]

Lamia was probably a son of Tiberius Plautius Silvanus Aelianus He married Domitia Longina, the daughter of Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo and Cassia Longina. Their son it thought to have been Lucius Fundanius Laemia Aelianus.[1]

Domitia was later seduced by Domitian while his father Vespasian was still in Roman Egypt (AD 70); Domitian later married her.[4] Despite this, Lamia retained his sense of humor. Jones suspects it was his sense of humor, in the form of harmless jokes directed at the emperor, led to his execution. Domitian was unable to handle any personal criticism of any sort, and there was ample precedent for the laws of treason to be applied to writings of this sort.[5]


  1. ^ a b Jones, The Emperor Domitian (London: Routlege, 1993), p. 184
  2. ^ Satires, IV.152
  3. ^ Paul Gallivan, "The Fasti for A. D. 70-96", Classical Quarterly, 31 (1981),pp. 189, 215
  4. ^ Dio Cassius, 66.3.4
  5. ^ Jones, Domitian, p. 185

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