Aulus Licinius Nerva Silianus

Aulus Licinius Nerva Silianus was a Roman senator, who was active during the Principate. He was consul in AD 7 as the colleague of Quintus Caecilius Metellus Creticus Silanus.[1] Silianus was born the second of three sons of Publius Silius Nerva, consul in 20 BC, and was later adopted by Aulus Licinius Nerva.[2] Velleius Paterculus salutes him for his simplicissimus.[3]

Silianus was a member of the tresviri monetalis, the most prestigious of the four boards that form the vigintiviri; Lucius Valerius Messalla Volesus, consul in AD 5, was one of the other two members of this board at the same time as Silianus. Because assignment to this board was usually allocated to patricians, Ronald Syme sees this as evidence that Silianus was a member of that class.[4] Silanus was also a personal friend of emperor Augustus. Silanus participated in the beginning of the Bellum Batonianum in Illyricum in the year 6, for which he was awarded the consulate.[5] According to the Fasti Urbisalvienses, Silanus resigned his office on June 30, and was replaced by Lucilius Longus.[6] Velleius says that Silianus died without fulfilling his full potential, but gives no details concerning the time or cause.[5]

Aulus Licinius Nerva Silianus, consul in 65, was his grandson.


  1. ^ Alison E. Cooley, The Cambridge Manual of Latin Epigraphy (Cambridge: University Press, 2012), p. 458
  2. ^ Olli Salomies, Adoptive and polyonymous nomenclature in the Roman Empire, (Helsinki: Societas Scientiarum Fennica, 1992), p. 14
  3. ^ Ronald Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986), p. 425, citing Velleius, 116.4
  4. ^ Syme, Augustan Aristocracy, p. 52
  5. ^ a b Velleius, 116.4
  6. ^ Fasti Urbisalvienses, AE 1982, 240.
Political offices
Preceded by
Marcus Aemilius Lepidus,
and Lucius Nonius Asprenas

as suffect consuls
Consul of the Roman Empire
AD 7
with Quintus Caecilius Metellus Creticus Silanus
Succeeded by
Quintus Caecilius Metellus Creticus Silanus,
and Lucilius Longus