Servius Sulpicius Galba (praetor)

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Servius Sulpicius Galba from Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum

Servius Sulpicius Galba, praetor in 54 BC.

As legate of Julius Caesar's 12th Legion during his Gallic Wars, he defeated the Nantuates in 57 BC in the Battle of Octodurus.[1] Later, however, angered due to Caesar's opposition to his campaign for the consulship, he joined the conspiracy with Brutus and Cassius, and was consequently condemned to death by the Pedian law. He was the great grandfather of the Roman Emperor of the same name.[2]


Servius Galba, a legate from the Gallic wars who had a dispute with Caesar over a debt, also felt his friendship with Caesar cost him the consular election in 49 B.C.[3] In 45 B.C. Galba complained that the Senators were not given their proper respect.[4] According to Suetonius, Caesar had an affair with Galba’s wife, which caused more anger.[5]

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  1. ^ Julius Caesar, Commentarii de Bello Gallico 3.5 Retrieved 2009-10-02.
  2. ^ Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus (2008-12-13). "The Life of Galba, 3.2". The Lives of the Twelve Caesars. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  3. ^ . JSTOR 41540686.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ . JSTOR 311200.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Suetonius, and Robert Graves. The Twelve Caesars. Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin, 1957. Print PAGE 31