Gaius Asinius Pollio (consul AD 23)


Gaius Asinius Pollio (consul AD 23)

Gaius, or Caius Asinius Pollio, son of Gaius Asinius Gallus and Vipsania Agrippina, was a Roman politician. He was consul in AD 23 alongside Gaius Antistius Vetus. [Tacitus, "Annals" ; Pliny the Elder, "Natural History" [http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?lookup=Plin.+Nat.+33.8 33.8] ] We know from his coins he was proconsul of Asia. Through his mother he was the half-brother of the younger Drusus. [William Smith, "Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology", 1870, [http://www.ancientlibrary.com/smith-bio/2772.html Vol. 3 p. 438] ] . 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. He was perhaps the father (or his brother of Caius Asinius Placentinus (b. 25), "nob. v." at the middle of the 1st century, and (Marcus Asinius Pollio) (b. 30), the first of them perhaps the father of Marcus Asinius Pollio Verrucosus (45 or 50 – after 81), Consul in 81, the second of them perhaps the father of Marcus Asinius Atratinus (55 – after 89, Consul of Rome in 89, any of them in turn perhaps the father of Caius Asinius M.f. Tucurianus, Proconsul in Sardinia ca 115 (Hypothesis 1). He was the older brother of Marcus Asinius Agrippa and Asinia, the mother of Pomponia Graecina.

References

* Manuel Dejante Pinto de Magalhães Arnao Metello and João Carlos Metello de Nápoles, "Metellos de Portugal, Brasil e Roma", Torres Novas, 1998


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