Ulpius Marcellus (jurist)

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Ulpius Marcellus was a Roman Equestrian and member of the gens Ulpia. He was a lawyer from Asia Minor.[1] It is possible he was an advisor to Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius.[2] Marcellus also wrote several books. The jurist Ulpius Marcellus could be the same as the legate Ulpius Marcellus or the governor of Britannia.


He was a lawyer of either freedman or provincial status from Asia Minor.[1][3] It is possible he was an advisor to Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius.[2] However, the lateness of his time and him not being an advisor to Hadrian indicate that he most likely was not an advisor. Marcellus may also have been a legate and pro-praetor in Pannonia Inferior sometime between 105 and 180 CE. Or the governor of Britannia from 161 to 169 CE.[4] In 158 CE Ulpius may have became Consul.[5] He wrote at least five books: On the Duties of the Consul, Consultative Opinions, Cervidius Scaevola, and 31 of the Digesta. He also published notes on Julianus's books criticizing some of his innovations.


  1. ^ a b Honoré, Tony (2005), Hornblower, Simon; Spawforth, Antony (eds.), "Ulpius Marcellus", The Oxford Classical Dictionary, Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/acref/9780198606413.001.0001, ISBN 978-0-19-860641-3, retrieved 2020-06-07
  2. ^ a b Honoré, Tony (2016-03-07). "Ulpius, Marcellus, lawyer, mid-2nd cent. CE". Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780199381135.013.6636. Retrieved 2020-06-07.
  3. ^ Birley, Anthony (2005). The Roman Government of Britain. Great Britain: OUP Oxford. ISBN 978-0199-252-374.
  4. ^ Roby, Henry John (1884). An Introduction to the Study of Justinian's Digest Containing an Account of Its Composition and of the Jurists Used Or Referred to Therein, Together with a Full Commentary on One Title (De Usufructu). The University Press.
  5. ^ Archaeologia Aeliana, Or, Miscellaneous Tracts Relating to Antiquity. London: Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1898.