Lucius Cornelius Lentulus (consul 3 BC)

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Lucius Cornelius Lentulus (c. 42 BC – c. AD 4) was a Roman politician and military officer who served as consul in 3 BC.


A member of the Patrician gens Cornelia, Lentulus was probably the son of Lucius Cornelius Lentulus Cruscellio and Sulpicia. An adherent of Tiberius, Lentulus was elected consul alongside Marcus Valerius Messalla Messallinus in 3 BC. In around AD 4, he was appointed the Proconsular governor of Africa Proconsularis.[1] During his time as governor, he was confronted by uprisings of the native tribes in the south of the province and beyond the borders. During an expedition into the Libyan Desert against one of the tribes, the Nasamones, he was killed.[2]

At some point, Lentulus offered his daughter Cornelia Lentula in marriage to Lucius Volusius Saturninus, the suffect consul of AD 3,[3] to whom he married.[4]


  1. ^ Syme, pg. 435
  2. ^ Roller, Duane W., The World of Juba II and Kleopatra Selene: Royal Scholarship on Rome's African Frontier (2003), pg. 109
  3. ^ Levick, pg. 53
  4. ^ Genealogy of Volusius Saturninus by D.C. O’Driscoll


  • Levick, Barbara, Tiberius the Politician (1999)
  • Syme, Ronald, The Roman Revolution (1939)
Political offices
Preceded by
Gaius Calvisius Sabinus and Lucius Passienus Rufus
Consul of the Roman Empire
3 BC
with Marcus Valerius Messalla Messallinus
Succeeded by
Augustus XIII and Marcus Plautius Silvanus