Gaius Sulpicius Paterculus

Gaius Sulpicius Paterculus served as a consul to the Roman Republic in 258 BC, together with Aulus Atilius Calatinus. He succeeded Lucius Cornelius Scipio who was the second consul of 259.[1]

Punic WarEdit

Gaius Sulpicius Paterculus served as a commander in the First Punic War in Sicily,[2] and the Roman victory at the Battle of Sulci is credited to him.[3] An account of his campaign stated that the Roman legions in Sicily were achieving very little until his arrival together with the Calatinus. The consuls advanced towards the Carthaginian army in its winter quarters in Panormus and deployed the entire Roman army close to the city.[4] The enemy refused to fight so the Romans turned towards the town of Hippana, Myttistratum, Camarina, Enna and other Carthaginian strongholds, which they all captured.[4]

Gaius Sulpicius Paterculus also led several successful attacks on the African coast.[5] He was awarded a Roman triumph "over the Carthaginians and Sardinia".[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Steinby, Christa (2014). Rome Versus Carthage: The War at Sea. South Yorkshire: Pen and Sword. pp. 72–73. ISBN 9781844159192.
  2. ^ Ihne, William; Anton, Joseph; Dickson, William Purdie; Mommsen, Theodor (1871). The History of Rome. Richard Bentley. pp. 61.
  3. ^ Smith, William (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. p. 134.
  4. ^ a b Polybius (2010). The Histories. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 23. ISBN 9780199534708.
  5. ^ Vego, Milan (2016-04-14). Maritime Strategy and Sea Control: Theory and Practice. Routledge. ISBN 9781317439837.
Political offices
Preceded by
Lucius Cornelius Scipio
Gaius Aquillius Florus
Consul of the Roman Republic
258 BC
With: Aulus Atilius Calatinus
Succeeded by
Gaius Atilius Regulus
Gaius Sempronius Blaesus