Gaius Poppaeus Sabinus

Gaius Poppaeus Sabinus was a Roman senator (died AD 35), who served as consul in AD 9 with Quintus Sulpicius Camerinus as his colleague.[1] He enjoyed the friendship of the Emperors Augustus and Tiberius.[2]

Sabinus was elected to the consulship, with Quintus Sulpicius Camerinus, in AD 9. They served until the Kalends of July, when they were succeeded by Sabinus' brother, Quintus Poppaeus Secundus, and Marcus Papius Mutilus, authors of the lex Papia Poppaea, a law intended to strengthen and encourage marriage.[3]

From 15 until his death in 35, Sabinus served as Governor of the combined provinces of Moesia, Achaea, and Macedonia. During his tenure Sabinus oversaw the resolution of a boundary dispute between the communities of Kierion and Metropolis (mod. Palaiokastro Georgikon), both located in ancient Thessaly.[4] Also during his tenure he ended a revolt in Thrace in 26.[5] Consequently, he was awarded the ornamenta triumphalia.[6]

Gaius Poppaeus Sabinus died in late December of 35. He is believed to have died of natural causes. He is the father of Poppaea Sabina the Elder and maternal grandfather of Poppaea Sabina the Younger, [7][8] the second wife of the future emperor Nero.

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  1. ^ Attilio Degrassi, I fasti consolari dell'Impero Romano dal 30 avanti Cristo al 613 dopo Cristo (Rome, 1952), p. 7
  2. ^ Diana Bowder (1 December 1980). Who was who in the Roman world, 753 BC-AD 476. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. p. 176. ISBN 978-0-8014-1358-2.
  3. ^ Anthony Everitt (2006). The First Emperor: Caesar Augustus and the Triumph of Rome. London: Murray. p. 254. ISBN 978-0-7195-5494-0.
  4. ^ Thomas Elliott (2004). Epigraphic Evidence for Boundary Disputes in the Roman Empire (PhD). University of North Carolina. pp. 65–67.
  5. ^ Diana Bowder (1984). Who was who in the Roman world. New York: Washington Square Press. p. 435.
  6. ^ J. S. Wacher (2002). The Roman world. Vol. 1. New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis. p. 101. ISBN 978-0-415-26315-3.
  7. ^ Simon Hornblower; Antony Spawforth (2000). Who's who in the classical world. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 319. ISBN 978-0-19-280107-4.
  8. ^ Jurgen Malitz (2008). Nero. Malden: John Wiley & Sons. p. 30. ISBN 978-1-4051-4474-2.
Political offices
Preceded byas Suffect consuls Consul of the Roman Empire
AD 9
with Quintus Sulpicius Camerinus
Succeeded byas Suffect consuls