Lucius Licinius Sura

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Lucius Licinius Sura was an influential Roman Senator from Tarraco, Hispania, a close friend of the Emperor Trajan and twice consul, in a period when three consulates were very rare for non-members of the Imperial family, in 102 and 107 as a consul ordinarius. Fausto Zevi[1] postulated that he was also suffect consul in 97, based in a plausible restoration of the Fasti ostienses, which reads "..]us". However, two more recently recovered fragments of military diplomas show that the name of this consul is L. Pomponius Maternus, who is otherwise unknown.[2]

Martial, in a poem dated to 92, congratulates Sura on recovering from a serious illness (VII.47); Ronald Syme speculates that Sura was one of the victims of an epidemic that followed one of the Dacian Wars.[3] Pliny the Younger wrote to Sura, asking his opinion on the existence of ghosts.[4]

Sura vanishes from the public record after his third consulate; Syme believes he died in 108.[3] According to Cassius Dio, Trajan gave him a public funeral and had a statue erected in Sura's memory.[5]

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  1. ^ Fausto Zevi, "I consoli del 97 d. Cr. in due framenti gia' editi dei Fasti Ostienses", Listy filologické / Folia philologica, 96 (1973), pp. 125-137
  2. ^ Werner Eck and Pangerl, "Zwei Konstitutionen für die Truppen Niedermösiens vom 9. September 97", Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 151 (2005), pp. 185-192
  3. ^ a b Syme, Some Arval Brethren, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980), p. 22
  4. ^ Pliny the Younger,Letters, 7.27
  5. ^ Dio, 68.15.3
Political offices
Preceded by
Lucius Arruntius Stella,
and Lucius Julius Marinus Caecilius Simplex

as Suffect consuls
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Lucius Julius Ursus Servianus II
Succeeded by
Lucius Julius Ursus Servianus II,
and Lucius Fabius Justus
Preceded by
Lucius Minicius Natalis,
and Quintus Licinius Silvanus Granianus Quadronius Proculus
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Quintus Sosius Senecio II
Succeeded by
Quintus Sosius Senecio II,
and Acilius Rufus