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Lucius Visellius Varro was a Roman senator, who was active during the reign of Tiberius. He was consul in AD 24 as the colleague of Servius Cornelius Cethegus.[1] He is best known for accusing Gaius Silius of being complicit in Sacrovir's revolt, and misappropriating money from the provincial government in Gaul. His prosecution ended with Silius' death.

Varro was the son of Gaius Visellius Varro, consul in the year 12.

LifeEdit

Varro's consulate was later known for several pieces of important legislation, which included the lex Visella de jure Quiritium Latinorum qui inter vigiles militaverant, and the Lex Visella poenis libertinorum qua ingenuorum honores usupabant.[2]

Also during the year of his consulate, Varro prosecuted Gaius Silius consul in 13. The charges were that, concerning his suppression of a revolt in Gaul of a faction of Treveri and Aeduan three years before, Silius had been complicit in that revolt and misappropriated money from the provincial government in Gaul. Refusing to submit a plea or to defend himself, Silius declared that had he not personally kept the legions on the Rhine from avenging the murder of Germanicus, Tiberius would have lost his position as Princeps. Faced with false witnesses swearing that he had robbed the Gallic provinces, Silius committed suicide.[3]

According to Frontinus, Varro was appointed curator riparum et alvei Tiberis, the officials responsible for public works inside the city, regulating the Tiber and the maintenance of Rome's sanitation system, with Gaius Vibius Rufus.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Alison E. Cooley, The Cambridge Manual of Latin Epigraphy (Cambridge: University Press, 2012), p. 459
  2. ^ Steven Rutledge, Imperial Inquisitions: Prosecutors and informants from Tiberius to Domitian (London: Routledge, 2001), p. 284
  3. ^ Tacitus, Annales, iv.19
  4. ^ Frontinus, De aquaeductu, 102
Political offices
Preceded by
Gaius Asinius Pollio,
and Gaius Stertinius Maximus
Ordinary consul of the Roman Empire
24
with Servius Cornelius Cethegus
Succeeded by
Gaius Calpurnius Aviola, and
Publius Cornelius Lentulus Scipio

as Suffect consuls