Marcus Valerius Volusus

Marcus Valerius Volusus (or Volesus, sometimes referred to as M. Valerius Volusus Maximus) was a Roman consul with Publius Postumius Tubertus in 505 BC.

Marcus Valerius Volusus
Consul of the Roman Republic
In office
505 BC – 504 BC
Preceded bySpurius Larcius, Titus Herminius Aquilinus
Succeeded byPublius Valerius Publicola, Titus Lucretius Tricipitinus
Personal details
Ancient Rome
Diedc. 496 BC
Ancient Rome
ChildrenLucius Valerius Potitus (consul in 483 and 470 BC)

He was the son of Volesus Valerius and brother to Publius Valerius Publicola (consul in 509, 508, 507, and 504 BC) and Manius Valerius Maximus (dictator in 494 BC).

During his consulship in 505 BC he successfully conducted war with the Sabines and both consuls were awarded triumphs.[1] After his consulship he was sent in 501 BC as an ambassador to Ferentium to hinder a new war with the Latins.[2]

In around 496 BC (alternative dating includes 499 BC, 493 BC and 489 BC) he was involved in the fight against the Latins (who were accompanied by Tarquinius Superbus and his son Titus Tarquinius) at the Battle of Lake Regillus. During the battle, Valerius charged Titus in an attempt to slay him, but was himself killed by Titus' men.

Some contradiction exists in the regards to his death at the Battle of Lake Regillus as in a few sources he is mentioned as being elected augur in 494 BC.[3]

His son Lucius was consul in 483 BC and 470 BC.[4] He might have had a second son, named Manius, who according to a dubious account by Festus was dictator in 501 BC and who could possibly be the augur mentioned as having died in 463 BC.[5]


Preceded by Consul of the Roman Republic
with Publius Postumius Tubertus
505 BC
Succeeded by


  1. ^ Broughton, vol i, pp.7
  2. ^ Broughton, vol i, pp.9. Dionysius of Halicarnassus, 5.50.3 - 51.2
  3. ^ Broughton, vol i, pp.14 & [note 1].
  4. ^ Broughton, vol i, pp.22, 31
  5. ^ Broughton, vol i, pp.9, 35 Festus, 216 L, Livy 3.7.6