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Lucius Cornelius Lentulus (c. 42 BC – c. AD 4) was a Roman politician and military officer who served as consul in 3 BC.

Biography[edit | edit source]

A member of the Patrician gens Cornelia, Lentulus was probably the son of Lucius Cornelius Lentulus Cruscellio and Sulpicia. An adherent of Tiberius, Lentulus was elected consul alongside Marcus Valerius Messalla Messallinus in 3 BC, serving the entire year. In around AD 4, he was appointed Proconsular governor of Africa Proconsularis.[1] While governor, he was confronted by uprisings of the native tribes in the south of the province and beyond the borders. During an expedition into the Libyan Desert against one of the tribes, the Nasamones, he was killed.[2]

Lentulus married at some point, although Ronald Syme admits to be uncertain of her identity, suggesting the daughter of Publius Cornelius Scipio consul in 16 BC, or of Publius Cornelius Lentulus Marcellinus, "yet an Aemilia Lepida is not excluded."[3] They had a daughter, Cornelia Lentula, who married Lucius Volusius Saturninus, the suffect consul of AD 3.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Syme, Revolution, p. 435
  2. Roller, Duane W., The World of Juba II and Kleopatra Selene: Royal Scholarship on Rome's African Frontier (2003), p. 109
  3. 3.0 3.1 Syme, Aristocracy, p. 252

Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Syme, Ronald, The Roman Revolution (1939)
  • Syme, Ronald, The Augustan Aristocracy (1986)
Political offices
Preceded by
Gaius Caelius (Rufus?),
and Galus Sulpicius

as Suffect consuls
Consul of the Roman Empire
3 BC
with Marcus Valerius Messalla Messallinus
Succeeded by
Augustus XIII,
and Marcus Plautius Silvanus

as Ordinary consuls

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