Manius Acilius Glabrio (consul 91)

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This article is about the consul of AD 91. For other people with the same name, see Manius Acilius Glabrio (disambiguation).

Manius Acilius Glabrio was a Roman Senator who served as consul ordinarius in AD 91 as the colleague of Trajan, afterwards emperor. Acilius Glabrio belonged to one of the noblest families of Rome, and no fewer than nine men sharing his name held the consular office. As he was of great strength and activity, he was commanded by Domitian to descend into the arena and fight a huge lion. He slew the animal, and was greeted with so much applause, that he roused the jealousy of the emperor, who first banished, and then put him to death on some false pretext.[1]

According to Suetonius, Domitian ordered several senators and ex-consuls to be executed on the charge of conspiring against the empire -- quasi molitores rerum novarum, "as contrivers of revolution" (Domit., c. x). Xiphilinus, speaking of the executions of AD 95, says that some members of the imperial family and other persons of importance were condemned for atheism. Some writers afterwards interpreted the charge of atheism again Acilius Glabrio as evidence that he belonged to the Christian religion, although others believe it more likely he might have converted to Judaism. After his death, his body was brought to Rome, and buried on the Via Salaria, in the catacomb of Priscilla.

His wife has been identified as Arria L.f. Plaria Vera Priscilla, known from a surviving inscription CIL VI, 6333.[2] They had one known son, Manius Acilius Glabrio.

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  1. ^ Rose, Hugh James (1857). A New General Biographical Dictionary, London: B. Fellowes et al.
  2. ^ Christer Bruun, "Zwei priscillae aus Ostia under Stammbaum der Egrilii", Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 102 (1994), pp. 215–225
Political offices
Preceded by
Domitian XV,
and Marcus Cocceius Nerva
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Trajan
Succeeded by
Domitian XVI,
and Quintus Volusius Saturninus