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date: 02 December 2022

Cornelius Gallus, Gaiuslocked

Cornelius Gallus, Gaiuslocked

  • Edward Courtney

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Gaius Cornelius Gallus, said (not altogether reliably; see below) to have been born 70/69 bce at *Forum Iulii, by which modern Fréjus is probably meant. In 43 he appears at Rome as a mutual acquaintance of *Asinius Pollio and Cicero (Fam. 10. 31. 6, 32. 5). In 41 he had some sort of supervision of the confiscations of land, which involved Virgil's family farm, in Transpadane Gaul (Broughton, MRR 2. 377). In 30 as praefectus fabrum (see fabri) he took an active military part in *Octavian's Egyptian campaign after *Actium and laid out a Forum Iulium (this may have caused confusion about his birthplace) either in or near *Alexandria (1); this he recorded in an inscription (AE1964, 255), erased after his downfall, on an obelisk that is now in front of St Peter's at Rome. Octavian made him the first praefectus of the new province of *Egypt.

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