Quintus Veranius

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Quintus Veranius (died AD 57) was a distinguished general to whom the Greek philosopher Onasander dedicated his Strategikos, a book on military tactics. He was III vir monetalis, tribune of Legio IV Scythica and quaestor under Tiberius. He was appointed tribune of the plebs in 41 and praetor in 42. In 43, the Emperor Claudius constituted the new province of Lycia, and appointed Veranius as its governor. He governed the province until 48, and during this period put down the rebellion of Cylicia Tracheotide. He was consul in 49, and elevated to patrician status by Claudius who also appointed him augur.

Veranius became governor of Britain in 57, replacing Aulus Didius Gallus. He reversed Didius's policy of maintaining existing borders and began military operations against the troublesome Silures in what is now Wales, but died within a year. In his will he flattered Nero and claimed that, had he had another two years, he would have conquered the whole of the island. He was replaced by Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, and the speed with which Suetonius took Wales suggests that Veranius had already done much of the work.

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  • A.E. Gordon. Quintus Veranius, Consul A.D. 49. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1952.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lucius Vitellius, and
Gaius Vipstanus Messalla Gallus

as Suffect Consuls
Consul of the Roman Empire
49
with Gaius Pompeius Longus Gallus
Succeeded by
Lucius Mammius Pollio,
and Quintus Allius Maximus

as Suffect Consuls
Preceded by
Aulus Didius Gallus
Governor of Britain
57
Succeeded by
Gaius Suetonius Paulinus