Titus Aebutius Elva

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Titus Aebutius T. f. Elva or Helva was the first member of the patrician gens Aebutia to obtain the Roman consulship, which he held in 499 BC.[1] The following year, he was magister equitum under Aulus Postumius Albus at the Battle of Lake Regillus. He was the father of Lucius Aebutius Elva, consul in 463 BC.[2]


Aebutius was elected consul for the year 499 BC, with Gaius Veturius Geminus. Livius relates that during their consulship, the town of Fidenae was besieged, Crustumeria was taken, and Praeneste joined the Roman cause. However, there is no report of which actions were undertaken by each consul.[3]

Battle of Lake Regillus[edit]

For some time, the expectation of war between Rome and the Latins had been growing. The year after Aebutius' consulship, Aulus Postumius Albus was chosen as dictator, and as his magister equitum he nominated Aebutius. They marched into Latium, where they met a Latin army under the command of Octavius Mamilius, the dictator of Tusculum.

In the course of the battle, Aebutius and Mamilius, both on horseback, charged at one another and inflicted serious injuries. The Tuscan prince was wounded in the breast, and taken to the rear, while Aebutius' arm was so severely injured by Mamilius' lance that he had to withdraw from the fighting, and direct his forces at a distance. The battle ended in a decisive victory for the Romans.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dionysius (Halicarnassensis) (1758). The Roman Antiquities. pp. 404–. 
  2. ^ Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, William Smith, Editor
  3. ^ Titus Livius, Ab Urbe Condita, ii. 19.
  4. ^ Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, ii. 18-20.
  5. ^ Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Romaike Archaiologia, v. 58, vi. 2, 4, 5, 11.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Elva (1)". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 2. p. 11. 

Political offices
Preceded by
Servius Sulpicius Camerinus Cornutus and
Manius Tullius Longus
Consul of the Roman Republic
with Titus Aebutius Elva

499 BC
with Gaius Vetusius Geminus Cicurinus
Succeeded by
Quintus Cloelius Siculus and
Titus Lartius