Lepidus. The Tarnished Triumvir by Richard D. Weigel

By Richard D. Weigel

The unglamorous modern of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus used to be, however, a member of the second one Triumvirate who performed an important function within the political, spiritual and army affairs of the past due Republic. via a cautious exam of Lepidus's profession, Richard D. Weigel means that Lepidus used to be a reliable ruler who used to be constant in serving the Republic's wishes as he understood them. Lepidus is a perfect resource for somebody attracted to gaining a better knowing of the past due Roman Empire.

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Lepidus had been praetor while performing the duties in 49 and consul when repeating the job in 46. The office of magister equitum could give him the justification for officially being in charge during Caesar’s absence in 45. Cassius Longinus. 16 Lepidus soon afterward used his consular authority to convoke an assembly to elect Caesar as sole consul for 45. 18 It was probably during this period that Lepidus directed some building projects which seem to have been part of Caesar’s master plan to 34 FRIEND OF CAESAR reconstruct Rome.

For this son to have been engaged to Antony’s daughter in 44 and married to a Servilia before his insurrection against Octavian in 30, he must have been born as early as 58 BC. Servilius Isauricus. This marriage connection is also only one of several political or social ties between the Aemilii Lepidi and the Iunii Bruti. 23 Although there is very little evidence on Lepidus’ early life, it is still interesting to note that there is no indication in these years that he leaned at all in the direction of the populares leaders who opposed the conservative senatorial majority, perhaps because his father had died in shame for taking such a path.

6 It is difficult to speculate on how Lepidus must have felt privately about these and other excessive honors that he must have arranged to be lavished upon Caesar. On the one hand, Lepidus had tied his own fortune to Caesar’s and had reaped within a few years most of the political rewards that a Roman noble could ever hope to achieve in an entire career. Lepidus may have viewed Caesar not just as a friend or patron, but as a kind of father-figure, a substitute for the father he had lost as a boy in a traumatic twist of fate and subsequent disgrace.

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