Marcus Fulvius Nobilior (consul 189 BC)

Marcus Fulvius Nobilior was a Roman general, and a member of one of the most important families of the plebeian Fulvia gens.

He started his political career as curule aedile in 195 BC. When he was praetor (193 BC) he served with distinction in Spain, and as consul in 189 BC he completely broke the power of the Aetolian League. On his return to Rome, Nobilior celebrated a triumph (of which full details are given by Livy) remarkable for the magnificence of the spoils exhibited. On his Aetolian campaign he was accompanied by the poet Ennius, who made the capture of Ambracia, at which he was present, the subject of one of his plays. For this Nobilior was strongly opposed by Cato the Censor, on the ground that he had compromised his dignity as a Roman general. In 179 BC he was appointed censor together with Marcus Aemilius Lepidus.

He restored the temple of Hercules and the Muses in the Circus Flaminius, placed in it a list of Fasti drawn up by himself,[1] and endeavoured to make the Roman calendar more generally known.[2][3]

He was a great enthusiast for Greek art and culture, and introduced many of its masterpieces into Rome, amongst them the picture of the Muses by Zeuxis from Ambracia.

Fulvius was the grandson of Servius Fulvius Paetinus Nobilior (consul in 255 BC). He was named for his father. He had two sons, both of whom obtained the consulship: Marcus Fulvius Nobilior (in 159 BC) and Quintus Fulvius Nobilior (in 153 BC).


  1. ^ Richard Jackson King (2006). Desiring Rome: Male Subjectivity and Reading Ovid's Fasti. Ohio State University Press. pp. 30–. ISBN 978-0-8142-1020-8.
  2. ^ Macrobius Saturnalia 1.12.16
  3. ^ Jörg Rüpke (4 February 2011). The Roman Calendar from Numa to Constantine: Time, History, and the Fasti. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 93–. ISBN 978-1-4443-9652-2.

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Nobilior, Marcus Fulvius". Encyclopædia Britannica. 19 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 724.   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Nobilior (2)". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 2. p. 1206.

Political offices
Preceded by
Consul of the Roman Republic
with Gnaeus Manlius Vulso
189 BC
Succeeded by