Gaius Asinius Pollio (consul 23)

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For his grandfather, the 1st-century BC consul and historian, see Gaius Asinius Pollio (consul 40 BC).

Gaius Asinius Pollio was a Roman senator and orator active during the Principate. He was ordinary consul for 23 with Gaius Antistius Vetus as his colleague.[1][2] He was the oldest son of Gaius Asinius Gallus; his brother was Marcus Asinius Agrippa, consul in 25.[3] Pollio's mother was Vipsania Agrippina.[4]

We know from his coins Pollio was proconsul of Asia. Through his mother he was the half-brother of the younger Drusus.[5] In 45, Pollio was exiled as an accuser of a conspiracy and later was put to death on orders from Empress Valeria Messalina.

The Asinia Pollionis filia mentioned on an inscription from Tusculum may have been his daughter.[6] Pollio was perhaps the father (or brother) of Gaius Asinius Placentinus who lived around the middle of the 1st century.[7]

Notes

  1. ^ Tacitus, Annals IV.1
  2. ^ Pliny the Elder, Natural History 33.8
  3. ^ Ronald Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986), p. 135
  4. ^ Tacitus, Annals, I.12
  5. ^ William Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1870, Vol. 3 p. 438
  6. ^ CIL XIV, 2599
  7. ^ I.G. II2, 4172

References

  • William Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Kindle Edition; ASIN: B00LSQHSGY
Political offices
Preceded by
Decimus Haterius Agrippa,
and Gaius Sulpicius Galba
Consul of the Roman Empire
23
with Gaius Antistius Vetus,
followed by Gaius Stertinius Maximus
Succeeded by
Servius Cornelius Cethegus,
and Lucius Visellius Varro


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