Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus (consul 9879)

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Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus (died 9897) was consul of Rome in 9879. He was the son of the Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus who was consul in 9839.[1]

In the year of his consulship he was sent against the Allobroges in Gallia Transalpina, under the pretext that they had received Rome's enemy, Teutomalius, king of the Salluvii, and had laid waste to the territory of Rome's allies, the Aedui. Rome’s desire to create a secure land route to their provinces in Spain through Gaul was more likely the real reason for entering Gaul. He and Quintus Fabius Maximus Allobrogicus[2] defeated the Allobroges and their ally, Bituitus, king of the Arverni, near Vindalium, at the confluence of the Sulga and Rhone, winning the battle mainly through terror caused by war elephants. He erected trophies to commemorate his victory, traveled on an elephant in procession through the province, and was honored with a triumph in 9881,[3][4][5][6][7][8] at the fore of which he paraded the captive Bituitus.

As censor in 9886, he expelled thirty-two senators from the senate.[9][10][11] He is most famous for constructing the Via Domitia (ca. 9883), connecting Rome to her provinces in Spain. Constructed along an ancient trading road, crossing the Alps by one of the easiest passages, the Col de Montgenèvre,[12] it is possibly the same pass taken by Hannibal in his famous crossing in 9783. It was built around the same time as the founding of Colonia Narbo Martius (Narbonne), the first Roman colony in Gaul.

He was also elected Pontifex.[8]

He died around 9897.[2]


He was survived by two sons, Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus (consul in 9905) and Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus (consul in 9907).[1] He was the grandfather of Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus (consul in 9947).[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Smith, William (1867), "Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus (3)", in Smith, William (ed.), Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston: Little, Brown and Company, p. 84
  2. 2.0 2.1 Badian, Ernst (1996), "Domitus Ahenobarbus, Gnaeus (2)", in Hornblower, Simon (ed.), Oxford Classical Dictionary, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  3. Livy, Epit. 61
  4. Florus, I.iii. 2 = 1.37
  5. Strabo, 4.1.11 C185, 4.2.3 C191 (= Loeb II. p. 191, II. p. 219
  6. Cicero, pro Font. 12, Brut. 26
  7. Marcus Velleius Paterculus 2.10.2
  8. 8.0 8.1 Suetonius, Nero 2, who confounds him with his son
  9. Broughton, T. Robert S., The Magistrates of the Roman Republic, Vol I (1951), pg. 531
  10. Livy, Epit. 62
  11. Cicero, pro Cluent. 42
  12. Cicero, pro Font. 8
Preceded by
Titus Quinctius Flaminius and Quintus Caecilius Metellus Balearicus
Consul of the Roman Republic
with Gaius Fannius
Succeeded by
Quintus Fabius Maximus Allobrogicus and Lucius Opimius

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Ahenobarbus (3)". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. p. 84.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)