Lucius Apronius

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Lucius Apronius was a Roman senator, suffect consul in 8 AD, and military commander active during the reign of Tiberius. Apronius shared in the achievements of Gaius Vibius Postumus and earned the ornamenta triumphalia for his distinguished valor in Dalmatian revolt[1] and Germanic Wars, along with Aulus Caecina Severus and Gaius Silius in 15 AD.[2] Back in Rome, Apronius led a motion in 22 in the Senate that decreed that votive offerings should be made due to the successful prosecution of Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso, accused of murdering Germanicus in 20.[3]

In the year 23, Apronius, along with a former proconsul of Africa, Lucius Aelius Lamia, vouched for innocence of a man accused of supplying grain to Numidian insurgent Tacfarinas.[4] However, as proconsul of Africa at the time, Apronius severely punished a cohort of Legio III Augusta, for their defeat at Tacfarinas' hands, by decimation.[5] In 28, being a legatus of Lower Germany, Apronius led the combined forces from Upper Germany in raising the siege of a Roman fort by the Frisii, only to be defeated by them soon after in a pitched battle at Baduhenna Wood.[6]

He is known to have had at least three children: one son, Lucius Apronius Caesianus, consul of AD 39, and two daughters, one married to Gnaeus Cornelius Lentulus Gaetulicus, consul in 26,[7] the other to Marcus Plautius Silvanus, praetor in AD 24.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Velleius Paterculus, Roman History, II.116
  2. ^ Tacitus, Annales, I.72
  3. ^ Tacitus, Annales, II.32
  4. ^ Tacitus, Annales, IV.13
  5. ^ Tacitus, Annales III.21
  6. ^ Tacitus, Annales, IV.73
  7. ^ Tacitus, Annales VI.30
  8. ^ Tacitus, Annales IV.22
Political offices
Preceded by
Marcus Furius Camillus,
and Sextus Nonius Quinctilianus
Suffect consul of the Roman Empire
8
with Aulus Vibius Habitus
Succeeded by
Gaius Poppaeus Sabinus,
and Quintus Sulpicius Camerinus