Opiter Verginius Tricostus (consul 502 BC)

Opiter Verginius Tricostus served as consul of the early Roman Republic in 502 BC, with Spurius Cassius Viscellinus.[2] He was the first from the powerful Verginia family to obtain the consulship.

Opiter Verginius Tricostus
Consul of the Roman Republic
In office
1 September 502 BC – 29 August 501 BC [1]
Preceded byAgrippa Menenius Lanatus, Publius Postumius Tubertus
Succeeded byPostumus Cominius Auruncus, Titus Lartius
Personal details
Ancient Rome
Died486 BC?
Ancient Rome
ChildrenProculus Verginius Tricostus Rutilus, Titus Verginius Tricostus Rutilus, Opiter Verginius Tricostus Esquilinus (consul 478 BC), Aulus Verginius Tricostus Rutilus

Together with his colleague Spurius Cassius Viscellinus, Verginius Tricostus fought against the Aurunci, and took Pometia.[3][4][5] Livy also says that the consuls celebrated a triumph for their victory, however the Fasti Triumphales record only one triumph, by Cassius.[6]

He is listed in an incomplete text by Festus as numbering among the nine patricians burned in 486 BC for conspiring with his former consular colleague Cassius. Considering that this would have occurred during Opiter's son, Proculus, consulship, this narrative remains highly uncertain.[7][8][9]

The filiation of a number of consular men in the following generation suggests they were Opiter Verginius' sons. They are: Proculus Verginius Tricostus Rutilus (consul 486 BC), Titus Verginius Tricostus Rutilus (consul 479 BC), Opiter Verginius Tricostus Esquilinus (consul 478 BC) and Aulus Verginius Tricostus Rutilus (consul 476 BC).

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  1. ^ Robert Maxwell Ogilvie, Commentary on Livy, books 1–5, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1965, pp. 404, 405.
  2. ^ Alan Edouard Samuel (1972). Greek and Roman Chronology: Calendars and Years in Classical Antiquity. C.H.Beck. pp. 256–. ISBN 978-3-406-03348-3.
  3. ^ Titus Livius, Ab Urbe Condita, ii. 17.
  4. ^ Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Romaike Archaiologia, v. 49.
  5. ^ T. Robert S. Broughton, The Magistrates of the Roman Republic (1952).
  6. ^ Johann Georg Baiter; Carlo Fèa (1837). Fasti consulares triumphalesque romanorum. Typis Orellii, Fuesslini et soc. pp. 231–.
  7. ^ Festus 180 L
  8. ^ Valerius Maximus, vi, 6.3.2
  9. ^ Broughton, vol i, pp.21
Political offices
Preceded by
Agrippa Menenius Lanatus and Publius Postumius Tubertus
Consul of the Roman Republic
with Spurius Cassius Viscellinus
502 BC
Succeeded by
Postumius Cominius Auruncus and Titus Lartius Flavus