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Aulus Larcius Macedo

Aulus Larcius Macedo was a Roman senator active in the early second century AD. He served as suffect consul for the nundinium May-August 124 with Publius Ducenius Verres as his colleague.[1] He is known primarily from inscriptions.

Despite sharing the name of an ancient Patrician family, Macedo's origins were quite humble. His grandfather, Aulus Larcius Lydus, was a freedman;[2] Cassius Dio mentions a Larcius Lydus who offered Nero one million sesterces to perform on the lyre;[3] if they are the same man, it would suggest his grandfather had accumulated a fortune and used part of it to buy his freedom during the reign of that emperor. It is possible that his grandfather had been the slave of an ancestor of Aulus Larcius Priscus, consul in 110. Werner Eck writes there is no doubt that the homonymous senator Aulus Larcius Macedo, who achieved the rank of praetor, is the father of the consul.[2] The older Macedo is best known as a slave owner whose cruelty provoked some of his slaves to murder him in his baths.[4]

Little is known of the consular Macedo's career in service to the emperors. His one attested office was prior to his consulship, when he served as governor of Galatia from 119-123.[5] His administration of Galatia is notable only for the evidence of extensive road maintenance; at least 19 mile posts with Macedo's name have been recovered from the parts of Turkey that had been Roman Galatia.

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References

  1. ^ Werner Eck, Peter Weiß, "Hadrische Konsuln. Neue Zeugnisse aus Militärdiplomen", Chiron, 32 (2002), p. 482
  2. ^ a b Eck, "Miscellanea prosopographica", Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 42 (1981), pp. 245f
  3. ^ Cassius Dio, Romaike Historia, 62.21.2
  4. ^ Pliny the Younger, Epistulae, III.14
  5. ^ Eck, "Jahres- und Provinzialfasten der senatorischen Statthalter von 69/70 bis 138/139", Chiron, 12 (1982), pp. 152-157
Political offices
Preceded by
Manius Acilius Glabrio, and
Gaius Bellicius Flaccus Torquatus Tebanianus

as ordinary consuls
Suffect consul of the Roman Empire
AD 124
with Publius Ducenius Verres
Succeeded by
Gaius Julius Gallus,
and Gaius Valerius Severus

as suffect consuls