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date: 05 December 2022

Aemilius Lepidus, Marcus(3)locked

, Roman consul, triumvir, 46 bce

Aemilius Lepidus, Marcus(3)locked

, Roman consul, triumvir, 46 bce
  • Geoffrey Walter Richardson,
  • Theodore John Cadoux
  •  and Ernst Badian

Extract

(the triumvir), younger son of M. *Aemilius Lepidus (2). As praetor 49 bce, he supported *Caesar, naming him to his first dictatorship, then governed Hither Spain (48–7), intervening in the dissensions in Further Spain (see cassius longinus, q.) and returning to triumph. He was consul (46) and Caesar's *magister equitum (46–44). On Caesar's death he gave armed support to M. *Antonius (2) (Mark Antony), who in return contrived his appointment as *pontifex maximus in Caesar's place. He then left to govern the provinces assigned him by Caesar, Gallia Narbonensis and Hither Spain, the colony Colonia Victrix Iulia Lepida (Celsa) was allowed to preserve the memory of his administration. When, after the war of *Mutina, Antony retreated into Gaul, Lepidus assured Cicero of his loyalty to the republic but on 29 May 43 joined forces with Antony and was declared a public enemy by the senate. At *Bononia (1) in October he planned the Triumvirate with Antony and *Octavian, accepting Further Spain with his existing provinces as his share of the empire; and demanding (or conceding) the proscription of his brother L.

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  • Roman History and Historiography

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