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date: 28 January 2023

Aemilius Lepidus, Marcus(2)locked

, Roman consul, 78 bce

Aemilius Lepidus, Marcus(2)locked

, Roman consul, 78 bce
  • Ernst Badian


Aemilius, Marcus, descendant of M. *Aemilius Lepidus (1), whose Gallic connections he inherited. After serving under Cn. *Pompeius Strabo, he was probably aedile in *Sulla's absence, joined Sulla (divorcing a wife related to L. *Appuleius Saturninus), and enriched himself in the *proscriptions. Elected consul 78 bce, with *Pompey's support and against Sulla's wishes, with Q. *Lutatius Catulus (2) as colleague, he agitated against Sulla's settlement and after Sulla's death prepared to attack it. As proconsul he held Cisalpina through M. *Iunius Brutus (1), collected forces in Transalpina, and made contact with *Sertorius in Spain. A catapult projectile found at Calahorra confirms his contact with Sertorius (see APh 79, 2005, no. 9202). Marching on Rome, he was defeated by Catulus and fled to Sardinia, where he was defeated by the legate Triarius and died. His followers, under M.


  • Roman History and Historiography

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