Lucius Licinius Sura

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Lucius Licinius Sura was an influential Roman Senator from Tarraco, a close friend of the Emperor Trajan and three times consul, in a period when three consulates were very rare for non-members of the Imperial family: in AD 97 as a suffect consul,[1] then 102 and 107 as a consul ordinarius.

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.[2] Pliny the Younger wrote to Sura, asking his opinion on the existence of ghosts.[3]

Sura vanishes from the public record after his third consulate; Syme believes he died in 108.[2] According to Cassius Dio, Trajan gave him a public funeral and had a statue erected in Sura's memory.[4]

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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. ^ a b Syme, Some Arval Brethren, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980), p. 22
  3. ^ Pliny the Younger,Letters, 7.27
  4. ^ Dio, 68.15.3
Political offices
Preceded by
Trajan IV,
and Quintus Articuleius Paetus II
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Lucius Julius Ursus Servianus II
Succeeded by
Trajan V,
and Marcus Laberius Maximus II
Preceded by
Lucius Ceionius Commodus Verus,
and Sextus Vettulenus Civica Cerialis
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Quintus Sosius Senecio II
Succeeded by
Appius Annius Trebonius Gallus,
and Marcus Appius Bradua