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date: 28 November 2020

Iulius Frontinus, Sextuslocked

  • Brian Campbell
  •  and Nicholas Purcell


Sextus Iulius Frontinus, perhaps from southern Gaul, served as urban *praetor in 70 ce and then assisted in suppressing the revolt of *Iulius Civilis, receiving the surrender of 70,000 Lingones. Consul in 72 or 73, he served as governor of Britain (73/4 –77) where he crushed the *Silures in south Wales, establishing a fortress for Legio II Augusta (see legion) at Caerleon (*Isca (2)), and then attacked the Ordovices. He may have accompanied *Domitian during his German campaign in 82/3, was proconsul of Asia in 86, and was subsequently appointed by *Nerva in 97 as curator aquarum (superintendent of aqueducts). He held his second, *suffect, consulship in 98, and his third, ordinary, consulship in 100, both times with *Trajan. Pliny described him as one of the two most distinguished men of his day (Ep. 5. 1). He died in 103/4.

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