Tettius Julianus

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Lucius Tettius Julianus was a Roman general who flourished in the first century AD, eventually serving as suffect consul during the reign of the Emperor Domitian. He was also the legate, or commander, of Legio VII Claudia, one of the three legions stationed in Moesia under Marcus Aponius Saturninus, and, along with his fellow commanders, received consular ornaments from Otho, in consequence of a victory which they gained over the Rhoxolani, a Sarmatian tribe.[1] In some passages of Tacitus, he is called "Titius", in others "Tertius", but Tettius is probably the correct form.[2]

Shortly afterwards, Aponius Saturninus made an attempt upon the life of Tettius, apparently because of an old grudge. Tettius escaped across Mount Haemus, and Lucius Vipstanus Messalla, commander of one of the cohorts, replaced him.[3] Tettius took no part in the fighting or intrigue of the Year of the Four Emperors, although the legion which he commanded espoused the cause of Vespasian, and pleaded various delays which prevented Tettius from rejoining his troops. On the triumph of the party of Vespasian, he was, notwithstanding, appointed one of the praetors; but the Roman senate would not allow him to enter upon the dignity, and conferred his office upon Plotius Grypus, on 1 January 70. Domitian, however, almost immediately afterwards restored him to the praetorship.[4]

Tettius was legate of Legio III Augusta from 80 through 82, effectively making him also governor of Numidia those years;[5] this was followed with his accession to suffect consul for the nundinium of May–June 83 with Terentius Strabo Erucius Homullus as his colleague.[6] The last office Tettius was known to have held was governor of Moesia Superior from 88 to 90.[7]

He may be the brother of Gaius Tettius Africanus, prefect of Egypt, who married Funisulana Vettulla, the daughter of Lucius Funisulanus Vettonianus, suffect consul in 78.[8]


  1. ^ Tacitus, Histories 1.79
  2. ^ Orelli, ad Tac. Hist. 2.85
  3. ^ Tacitus, Histories, 2.85
  4. ^ Tacitus, Histories, 4.39, 40
  5. ^ Werner Eck, "Jahres- und Provinzialfasten der senatorischen Statthalter von 69/70 bis 138/139", Chiron, 12 (1982),pp. 304-306
  6. ^ Paul Gallivan, "The Fasti for A. D. 70-96", Classical Quarterly, 31 (1981), pp. 190, 216
  7. ^ Eck, "Jahres- und Provinzialfasten", pp. 315f
  8. ^ Brian W. Jones, The Emperor Domitian (London: Routledge, 1992), p. 175

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William (1870). "Tettius". In Smith, William (ed.). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 3. p. 1014.

Political offices
Preceded by
Marcus Annius Messalla,
and Gaius Fisius Sabinus

as suffect consuls
Suffect consul of the Roman Empire
with Terentius Strabo Erucius Homullus
Succeeded by
Lucius Calventius Sextus Carminius Vetus,
and Marcus Cornelius Nigrinus Curiatius Maternus

as suffect consuls