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date: 05 December 2022

Aemilius Lepidus, Marcus(5)locked

, Roman consul, 6 ce

Aemilius Lepidus, Marcus(5)locked

, Roman consul, 6 ce
  • Theodore John Cadoux
  •  and Ernst Badian

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Aemilius, Marcus, probably elder son of Paullus *Aemilius Lepidus and Cornelia, daughter of *Scribonia and a Scipio. He was consul ce 6, then served under *Tiberius in the Pannonian rebellion (receiving *ornamentatriumphalia in 9), and probably Dalmatia afterwards for a number of years. In 14 he was governor of *Tarraconensis (we do not know for how long) and in 21 he prudently declined the proconsulship and army of Africa, which went to Q. *Iunius Blaesus. He later accepted the proconsulship of Asia, which had no army (probably 26–8). In 22 he resumed the family's restoration of the Basilica Aemilia. He died in 33. *Augustus, on his death-bed, is said to have judged him ‘capable (of becoming emperor), but disdaining it’ (Tac. Ann. 1. 13. 2). Tacitus stresses his prudence and moderation. His children included Aemilia Lepida, wife of Drusus *Iulius Caesar (2)—who in 30 helped to bring about Drusus' fall and committed suicide when accused of adultery with a slave in 36 (Tac.

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  • Roman History and Historiography

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