Lucius Octavius (c. 116 – 74 BC) was a Roman politician who was elected consul in 75 BC.
A member of the Plebeian gens Octavia, and the son of Gnaeus Octavius (consul in 87 BC), Lucius Octavius was elected Praetor by 78 BC at the latest. He is suspected by the historian Thomas Robert Shannon Broughton to have been the author of the Formula Octaviana, a law which provided for the restoration of property and money which had been obtained by violent acts, or by threats of violence.
In 75 BC, Lucius Octavius was elected consul alongside Gaius Aurelius Cotta. During the later stages of his consulate, both Lucius Octavius and his colleague were attacked by crowds along the Via Sacra while they were campaigning on behalf of Quintus Caecilius Metellus Creticus’ campaign for the praetorship. Both men had to take refuge in Lucius Octavius’ house.
For his Proconsular governorship, Lucius Octavius was awarded the province of Cilicia by lot. He arrived there in early 74 BC, but died very shortly afterwards, just as the Third Mithridatic War was beginning. His replacement as governor was the consul Lucullus.
- Broughton, T. Robert S., The Magistrates of the Roman Republic, Vol. II (1951)
- Broughton, pg. 86
- Venning, Timothy, A Chronology of the Roman Empire (2011), pg. 220
- Broughton, pgs. 100-102
Gaius Scribonius Curio and Gnaeus Octavius
|Consul of the Roman Republic
with Gaius Aurelius Cotta
Lucius Licinius Lucullus and Marcus Aurelius Cotta