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Cossus Cornelius Lentulus Gaetulicus (consul 1 BC)

Cossus Cornelius Lentulus Gaetulicus was a Roman politician and general who was consul in 1 BC.

Originally born Cossus Cornelius Lentulus, Gaetulicus was a member of the patrician Lentulus branch of the Cornelii clan.

Despite giving the appearance of laziness,[1] he was given a number of important commands. After serving as consul in 1 BC alongside Lucius Calpurnius Piso, he was elected proconsul of Africa in 6 AD.[2] Whilst there, he fought a successful campaign against the Gaetuli, which earned him the agnomen Gaetulicus.[3] One of the few individuals trusted by the emperor Tiberius,[1] he was sent to Pannonia in 14 AD to accompany Tiberius’s son Drusus in putting down a mutiny of the legions there.[3] Later, he was given the post of praefectus urbi in 33 AD,[1] holding it for a number of years prior to his death.

Gaetulicus had at least two sons, Cossus Cornelius Lentulus and Gnaeus Cornelius Lentulus Gaetulicus, consuls in 25 and 26 AD respectively.[4]


  • Syme, Ronald, The Roman Revolution, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1939.
  • Smith, William, A New Classical Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1860)


  1. ^ a b c Syme, pg. 436
  2. ^ Syme, pg. 435
  3. ^ a b Smith, pg. 430
  4. ^ Syme, pg. 437
Political offices
Preceded by
Quintus Fabricius,
and Lucius Caninius Gallus

as Suffect consuls
Consul of the Roman Empire
1 BC
with Lucius Calpurnius Piso
Succeeded by
Aulus Plautius,
and Aulus Caecina Severus

as Suffect consuls