Aulus Verginius Tricostus Caeliomontanus (consul 469 BC)

Aulus Verginius Tricostus Caeliomontanus was a Roman politician active in the fifth century BC and was consul in 469 BC.

Aulus Verginius Tricostus Caeliomontanus
Consul of the Roman Republic
In office
1 August 469 BC [1] – 31 July 468 BC
Preceded byTiberius Aemilius Mamercinus,Lucius Valerius Potitus (consul in 483 and 470 BC)
Succeeded byTitus Quinctius Capitolinus Barbatus,Quintus Servilius Priscus Structus (consul 468 BC)
Personal details
Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome


He was the son of Aulus Verginius Tricostus Caeliomontanus, consul in 494 BC, and possibly the father Titus Verginius Tricostus Caeliomontanus (consul in 448 BC), consul in 448 BC. Alternatively, Titus might have been the son of Tricostus's brother Spurius Verginius Tricostus Caeliomontanus, consul in 456 BC. Dionysius of Halicarnassus reports his cognomen as Nomentanus but the inscription on the Fasti Capitolini more closely resembles the name Caeliomontanus.[2]


In 469 BC, he was consul with Titus Numicius Priscus as his colleague. At the beginning of his term, they each led separate campaigns against the Aequi and the Volsci who had both been setting fire to farmlands around Rome. Tricostus attacked the Aequi with difficulty whereas Priscus fought the Volsci and captured Caenon, the port of Antium, which was the capital of the Volsci. He regrouped with Priscus in order to pillage the Sabine countryside in retaliation for a raid by the Sabines in Roman territory.[2][3][4]

Two years later, in 467 BC, after having taken Antium from the Volsci, the Romans had established a colony there. Tricostus was, along with Titus Quinctius Capitolinus Barbatus and Publius Furius Medullinus Fusus, one of the three triumvirs (the triumviri agro dando) in charge of partitioning and distributing the lands of Antium to the colonists.[5][6][7][8][9]


  1. ^ Robert Maxwell Ogilvie, Commentary on Livy, books 1–5, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1965, pp. 404, 405.
  2. ^ a b Broughton 1951, p. 31
  3. ^ Dionysius of Halicarnassus IX, 56
  4. ^ Livy II, 63
  5. ^ Livy III, 1.6
  6. ^ Dionysius of Halicarnassus]] IX, 59.2
  7. ^ Broughton 1951, p. 32
  8. ^ Livy III, 1.2-5
  9. ^ Dionysius of Halicarnassus IX, 59.1-3


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Secondary sourcesEdit

  • Broughton, Thomas Robert Shannon (1951), The Magistrates of the Roman Republic, Philological Monograph No. 15, New York: American Philological Association, ISBN 0-89130-811-3
Political offices
Preceded by
Tiberius Aemilius Mamercinus
Lucius Valerius Potitus Publicola
Consul of the Roman Republic
with Titus Numicius Priscus
469 B.C.
Succeeded by
Titus Quinctius Capitolinus Barbatus II
Quintus Servilius Priscus Structus