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Quintus Aelius Tubero (consul 11 BC)

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Quintus Aelius Tubero (born 74 BC – fl. 11 BC) was a Roman jurist, statesman and writer. He may have been a Roman consul with Paullus Fabius Maximus in 11 BC.[1]

He was the son of Lucius Aelius Tubero, a friend of Cicero. In 48, he fought alongside Pompey at the battle of Pharsalus.[2] In 44 BC, he unsuccessfully prosecuted Ligarius, who was defended by Cicero. The prosecution was later memorialized by Cicero in his Pro Ligario. Thereafter, Tubero abandoned oratory and began studying civil law under Aulus Ofilius.[3]

He married a daughter of Servius Sulpicius Rufus. With her, he had a daughter of his own who would become the mother of the jurist C. Cassius Longinus.[4] He was also possibly the father of Sextus Aelius Catus, the consul in 4 AD. If so, his granddaughter was Aelia Paetina, future wife of Emperor Claudius in 28 AD.

He may have penned a series of at least 14 books chronicling the entire history of Rome. As the author of these works has been given the name of 'Aelius Tubero', it potentially could have been the work of his father, Lucius Aelius Tubero.[5] This writer modeled his style after Valerius Antias and Licinius Macer. The work was later cited by Livy and Dionysius of Halicarnassus.


  • Ad C. Oppium[6]
  • De Officio Judicis[7]
  • An unnamed book on history[8]


  1. ^ "Suetonius (69–140) - The Twelve Caesars: Index QRSTUVXZ".
  2. ^ Oakley, S. P. (13 October 2005). "A Commentary on Livy, Books VI-X : Volume IV: Book X: Volume IV:". Oxford University Press, UK – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Pomponius (dig. i. 2.2.46)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 2, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Albrecht, Michael von (12 November 1997). "A History of Roman Literature: From Livius Andronicus to Boethius : with Special Regard to Its Influence on World Literature". BRILL – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Gellius, vii. 19
  7. ^ Gellius, xiv. 2
  8. ^ Suet. Caes. 83

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gaius Caninius Rebilus,
and Lucius Volusius Saturninus

as Suffect consuls
Consul of the Roman Empire
11 BC
with Paullus Fabius Maximus
Succeeded by
Africanus Fabius Maximus,
and Iullus Antonius