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Important members of this family included three brothers who lived in the reigns of Claudius and Nero. They were descended via their mother, Aemilia Lepida, from the emperor Augustus. All three brothers came to tragic ends.
Titus Turpilius Silanus, according to Sallust in his history of the Jugurthine War, Titus Turpilius Silanus was the commander of the Roman garrison at Vaga, and the only Roman to survive when the native Numidians rose up against the garrison. Silanus was subsequently tried and executed by the proconsul, Metellus, for suspected treason.