Lucius Sestius Quirinalis Albinianus

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Lucius Sestius Quirinalis Albinianus (fl. 1st century BC) was an aristocrat of the late Roman Republic. Although having Republican tendencies, Augustus appointed him suffect consul in 23 BC to fill his role.[1]

Life[edit]

Sestius was a son of Publius Sestius. Although Horace made him the subject of one of his odes (I.4), Ronald Syme explains it was simply to "indicate the publication year of the first three books" of his odes.[2] Syme notes although Sestius served as a proquaestor of Marcus Iunius Brutus, "he leaves no trace of either proper rank or capacity for the supreme magistracy"[2] and opines that "Sestius may have been leading a life of tranquil leisure."[3] If so, then this may indicate that Sestius had an aversion to public life, one of the characteristics of an Epicurean.[4] This aversion to public life would make him a safe choice to serve as a consul; the following year Varro Murena, who was selected to be consul in 23 BC, but at the last moment replaced by Calpurnius Piso, the following year was accused of conspiring against Augustus and murdered during his arrest.[5]

Other activities[edit]

During the excavations of the villa in Settefinestre, which belonged to Sestius Quirinalis' parents, a stamped potteries with the letters LS ("Lucius Sestius") were found.[6]

Literary sources credit him with the dedication of three arae (altars) of the Imperial cult in north-west Hispania, at some time around 19 BC.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ronald Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986), p. 41
  2. ^ a b Syme, Aristocracy, p. 383
  3. ^ Syme, Aristocracy, pp. 383f
  4. ^ Syme, Aristocracy, p. 393
  5. ^ Syme, Aristocracy, p. 388
  6. ^ A. Carandini (et al.), Settefinestre. Una villa schiavistica nell'Etruria Romana, 3 vol. Modena, Edizioni Panini, 1985
  7. ^ Pliny the Elder, Nat. Hist., 4.111: see also Ptolemy, Geog., 2.6.3: Pomponeus Mela, 3.13.
Political offices
Preceded by
Augustus XI
Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso
Suffect consul of the Roman Empire
with Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso

23 BC
Succeeded by
Marcus Claudius Marcellus Aeserninus
Lucius Arruntius