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Titus Aurelius Fulvus from Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum

In the 1st century, there were two men with the name Titus Aurelius Fulvus. One was the paternal grandfather and the other the father to the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius.


Titus Aurelius Fulvus the elderEdit

The elder Titus Aurelius Fulvus was a supporter of Vespasian during the Year of Four Emperors. A provincial from Nemausus, Gaul (modern Nîmes, France), he gained his military experience as legatus or commander of the Legio III Gallica in the East under Corbulo. When the legion was transferred to Moesia, in February 69, he led them to victory over 9,000 Rhoxolani horsemen on the Roman side of the Danube.[1]

It was while legatus of Legio III that he convinced the Illyrian armies to support Vespasian; as a reward, Fulvus was summoned to Vespasian's side in Alexandria during the critical period between Vitellius' death in December 69 and the emperor's departure for Rome in August of September of the following year. Further honors included a suffect consulship early in Vespasian's reign (between 72 and 74, the year is uncertain),[2] and elevation to the patrician class.[3]

As an amicus of Vespasian and his sons, Fulvus held a number of senior posts, but only three are attested: governorship of Hispania Citerior,[4] a second consulship in 85 (ordinary, as colleague of Domitian),[5] and urban prefect. Noting that Fulvus was part of the "Hispano-Narbonensian nexus" that emerged in the later first century AD, Brian W. Jones observes that Fulvus, as a "senior consular of wide experience, he would have been an invaluable member of Domitian's court".[3]

Political offices
Preceded by
and Gallus

as suffect consuls
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Domitian XI
Succeeded by
Quintus Julius Cordinus Gaius Rutilius Gallicus II, and
Lucius Valerius Catullus Messalinus II

Titus Aurelius Fulvus the youngerEdit

The younger Titus Aurelius Fulvus was consul in 89.[6] This Fulvus has been described by Augustan History as a "stern and upright man". The younger Fulvus married Arria Fadilla, a daughter of the consul Gnaeus Arrius Antoninus and friend to the historian Pliny the Younger.

Their only child was Titus Aurelius Fulvus Boionius Arrius Antoninus Pius, who was born in Lanuvium (modern Lanuvio, Italy) on 19 September 86; who was raised by Fulivus' father-in-law after his early death. This son became the emperor Antoninus Pius.

Political offices
Preceded by
Marcus Otacilius Catulus,
and Sextus Julius Sparsus

as suffect consuls
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Marcus Asinius Atratinus
Succeeded by
Publius Sallustius Blaesus, and
Marcus Peducaeus Saenianus

as suffect consuls

Nerva–Antonine family treeEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Brian W. Jones, The Emperor Domitian, (London: Routlege, 1993), pp. 51f
  2. ^ Paul Gallivan, "The Fasti for A. D. 70-96", Classical Quarterly, 31 (1981), pp. 199f
  3. ^ a b Jones, Emperor Domitian, p. 52
  4. ^ Werner Eck, "Jahres- und Provinzialfasten der senatorischen Statthalter von 69/70 bis 138/139", Chiron, 13 (1983), p. 196
  5. ^ Gallivan, "The Fasti", p. 190
  6. ^ Gallivan, "The Fasti", p. 191

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