Gnaeus Cornelius Cinna Magnus

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An illustration to Corneille's play Cinna showing Augustus granting clemency to Cinna.

Gnaeus Cornelius Cinna Magnus (born between 47 BC and 35 BC) was an ancient Roman politician and the son of suffect consul Lucius Cornelius Cinna and Pompeia Magna. His sister was Cornelia Pompeia Magna.

His maternal grandparents were triumvir Pompey and Mucia Tertia, while paternal grandparents were consul Lucius Cornelius Cinna and an unnamed Roman woman. Cinna is the only grandson of Pompey who has the name ‘Magnus’, or, indeed, any part of his name.

Cinna became a supporter to triumvir Mark Antony. He was promoted to a priesthood. In 16 BC, Cinna and Aemilia Lepida, the granddaughter of triumvir Marcus Aemilius Lepidus were involved in a conspiracy against the Emperor Augustus. Cinna and Lepida were the first and last people pardoned by the emperor after having conspired against him. Indeed, this was famously the last documented conspiracy against Augustus. Cinna served as a consul in 5 AD and is said to have been a close friend and adviser to Augustus until his death.

Cinna is the main character of a tragedy called Cinna by the famous 17th-century French playwright Corneille.


Political offices
Preceded by
Gnaeus Sentius Saturninus,
and Gaius Clodius Licinus

as Suffect consuls
Consul of the Roman Empire
AD 5
with Lucius Valerius Messalla Volesus
Succeeded by
Gaius Vibius Postumus,
and Gaius Ateius Capito

as Suffect consuls
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