Lucius Caesar

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Born 17 BC
Died 20 August 2 AD
Massalia, Gaul
Burial Mausoleum of Augustus, Rome
Full name
Birth to adoption: Lucius Vipsanius Agrippa
After adoption: Lucius Julius Caesar
Father Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa
Mother Julia the Elder
Roman imperial dynasties
Julio-Claudian dynasty
Augustus 27 BC14 AD
Tiberius 1437 AD
Caligula 3741 AD
Claudius 4154 AD
Nero 5468 AD
Gens Julia
Gens Claudia
Julio-Claudian family tree
Category:Julio-Claudian dynasty
Preceded by
Roman Republic
Followed by
Year of the Four Emperors

Lucius Julius Caesar (17 BC – 20 August AD 2), most commonly known as Lucius Caesar, was the second son of Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa and Julia the Elder. He was born between 14 of June and 15 July 17 BC with the name Lucius Vipsanius Agrippa, but when he was adopted by his maternal grandfather Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus, his name was changed to Lucius Julius Caesar. In the year of his birth, his maternal grandfather Caesar Augustus adopted him and his brother Gaius Caesar. He may have used the cognomen Vipsanianus according to adoption in ancient Rome or Agrippa as his youngest brother Agrippa Postumus after the tria nomina Lucius Julius Caesar. He and his brother were raised and educated by their grandparents.

As he and Gaius were the heirs to Augustus they had promising legal and military careers. Lucius died in Gaul of an illness on 20 August 2 AD, at the age of 19. His death was followed 18 months later by the death of his brother Gaius on 21 February 4 AD. His younger brother Agrippa Postumus was consequently adopted by Augustus along with Tiberius.

It has been suggested by Tacitus that there may be been foul play involved in the death of Lucius and that Lucius' stepgrandmother Livia may have had a hand in his death. Livia's presumed motive may have been to orchestrate the accession of her own son Tiberius as heir to Augustus.[1]

He was played by Simon MacCorkindale in the 1976 TV series I, Claudius.

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  1. ^ Tacitus, The Annals 1.3