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Lucius Volusius Saturninus (pontiff)

Lucius Volusius Saturninus was a senator of the early Roman Empire, who was active during the Principate. He was a member of the College of Pontiffs.[1]

Saturninus was a member of the gens Volusia, a praetorian family Tacitus describes as ancient and having a distinguished reputation.[2] He was the first son born to Roman statesman Lucius Volusius Saturninus, suffect consul in AD 3, and Cornelia; he is known to have had one brother, Quintus Volusius Saturninus consul in 56.[3] Saturninus must have had children, for Lucius Volusius Torquatus, suffect consul in some nundinum in the first half of the second century, is considered his grandson.[4]

Beyond holding the priesthood of Pontiff, which was a high honor, nothing further is known of his senatorial activities. Rudolf Hanslik opines that Saturninus died before his father, explaining why he never advanced to the consulate.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Martha W. Hoffman Lewis, The Official Priests of Rome under the Julio-Claudians (Rome: American Academy, 1955), p. 34
  2. ^ Tacitus, Annales, III.30
  3. ^ a b Hanslik, "L. Volusius Saturninus 18", Realencyclop├Ądie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft, Supplement 9A, col. 1862
  4. ^ Hanslik, "(L.) Volusius f. Torquatus 22", Realencyclop├Ądie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft, Supplement 9A, col. 1864