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date: 28 November 2020

Lutatius Catulus (1), Quintuslocked

, Roman consul, 102 bce
  • Ernst Badian


Quintus Lutatius Catulus (1), of noble, but not recently distinguished, family, half-brother of two Iulii Caesares (L. *Iulius Caesar (1) and C. *Iulius Caesar Strabo Vopiscus), and married first to a Domitia, then to a Servilia, sister of Q. *Servilius Caepio(1); was three times defeated for the consulship before succeeding for 102 bce with the help of C. *Marius(1), married to a Iulia and at the summit of his popularity. It was perhaps to improve his chances that he first extended the traditional funeral procession and eulogy of nobiles (see Polyb. 6. 53 f.) to a woman, his mother Popillia (Cic. De or. 2. 44). Defeated by the *Cimbri on the upper Adige, he had to give up the Po valley; but in 101, joined by Marius (who treated him with courtesy) and helped by his legate *Sulla, he shared in the victory of the Vercellae (perhaps near Rovigo, on the lower Po). Marius and he triumphed jointly (101) and he built a portico on the Palatine out of the spoils.

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