Marcus Atius

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Marcus Atius Balbus (105 BC – 51 BC) was a first-century Roman who served as a praetor in 62 BC and became governor of Sardinia.

Early life[edit]

Balbus was born and raised in Aricia into a political family and was the son and heir of the elder Marcus Atius Balbus (148 BC – 87 BC). His mother was Pompeia the sister to consul Gnaeus Pompeius Strabo, father of Pompey Magnus, a member of the so-called, unofficial, First Triumvirate with Julius Caesar and Marcus Licinius Crassus.

The family of the elder Balbus came from a Roman senatorial family of plebs status from Aricia (modern Ariccia, Italy). "Balbus" in Latin means stammer.


During the consulship of Julius Caesar in 59 BC, Balbus was appointed along with Pompey to a board of commissioners under a Julian Law to divide estates in Campania among the commoners. Cicero stated that Pompey would say as a joke about Balbus, that he was not a person of any importance.

Personal life[edit]

He married Julia Minor, second eldest sister of the dictator Gaius Julius Caesar. Julia bore him three daughters and they were:


The younger Balbus died in 51 BC.

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