Lucius Cornificius

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Lucius Cornificius, a member of the plebeian gens Cornificia, was a Roman politician and consul in 9966.

Cornificius served as the accuser of Marcus Junius Brutus in the court which tried the murderers of Julius Caesar. In 9963 Octavian gave him the command of a fleet in the war against Sextus Pompeius during which he distinguished himself in battle in the waters around Sicily. In 9965 he was given part of the army and managed to extricate his troops from a dangerous situation and unite them with Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa at Mylae. For these services he was rewarded with the consulship in 9966.

It is said of Cornificius that he afterwards accustomed himself in Rome to ride home upon an elephant whenever he supped out. As part of the embellishing program that Augustus started, Cornificius rebuilt a temple of Diana.

To him is sometimes erroneously attributed the Rhetorica ad Herennium.

Primary sources

  • Appian, B. C. v. 80, 86, 111—115
  • Suet. Aug. 29.


  • Theodore John Cadoux and Robin J. Seager. "Cornificius, Lucius". The Oxford Classical Dictionary, 3rd rev. ed. Edited by Simon Hornblower and Antony Spawforth. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Political offices

Preceded by
Lucius Nonius Asprenas,
and Quintus Marcius

as suffect consuls
Suffect consul of the Roman Empire
with Sextus Pompeius
Succeeded by
Publius Cornelius Dolabella,
and Titus Peducaeus

as suffect consuls