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]


  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
with Aulus Vibius Habitus
Succeeded by
Gaius Poppaeus Sabinus,
and Quintus Sulpicius Camerinus