Lepidus: The Tarnished Triumvir by Richard D. Weigel

By Richard D. Weigel

Marcus Aemilius Lepidus was once an important strength in Roman political, non secular and armed forces affairs in the course of the past due Republic. despite the fact that, in so much debts he's pushed aside speedy, made game of, or bitterly attacked. via a cautious exam of Lepidus's occupation, Richard Weigel has proven why a few of the assets are adverse and the way those have created an erroneous overview of Lepidus's position in heritage. Weigel exhibits that Lepidus was once a reliable administrator and that he was once constant in serving the Republic's wishes as he understood them.

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This would be a significant achievement for him, 21 LEPIDUS both as a major step in imitation of the outstanding career of his ‘model ancestor’ and for the later role he would play as pontifex maximus. If Lily Ross Taylor’s suggested emendation of Macrobius’ list of pontiffs (Saturnalia 3. 13. 9 Why Marcus received this opportunity over his older brother is not clear, but a combination of factors, including his name, his politics, and the support of the new pontifex maximus, Julius Caesar, was probably involved here.

It is possible that it was during this period that he founded the Roman colony that assumed his name, Colonia Victrix Julia Lepida. This site was located in the north-east, near the Ebro River. 40 It was Lepidus’ valuable service in quieting a potentially dangerous rebellion and in reinforcing Caesarian control in Spain that caused Caesar to honor Lepidus with a triumph and reward him with the offices of consul and magister equitum for the year 46 BC. Lepidus had now reached the pinnacle of a Roman noble’s political career and could be quite proud that he had replicated the achievements of his famous model ancestor to a great degree.

Cassius Longinus. 16 Lepidus soon afterward used his consular authority to convoke an assembly to elect Caesar as sole consul for 45. 18 It was probably during this period that Lepidus directed some building projects which seem to have been part of Caesar’s master plan to 34 FRIEND OF CAESAR reconstruct Rome. One of these was the erection in the Campus Martius of a permanent voting place to be used by the centuriate and tribal assemblies. 20 The idea of a permanent polling place fits in well with the dictator’s plans for an extensive building program to provide jobs and make Rome glisten as a shining example of Caesar’s magnificence.

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