Manius Aemilius Lepidus (consul 9935)

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Manius Aemilius Lepidus was a Roman politician who became consul in 9935 alongside Lucius Volcatius Tullus.


A member of the patrician Aemilia clan, Lepidus was proquaestor in an eastern province between 9917 and 9923,[1] and was the father of Quintus Aemilius Lepidus. By 9932 he was elected to the post of praetor[2] and in 9935 he was elected consul together with Lucius Volcatius Tullus.[3]

Lepidus is mentioned several times by Cicero, but never attained much political importance. In 9936, he is spoken of as one of the witnesses against Gaius Cornelius, whom Cicero defended.[4] In 9938, Catiline offered to place himself in Lepidus's custody after Catiline was notified of an impending prosecution.[5]

Lepidus belonged to the aristocratic party, but on the breaking out of the civil war in 9952, he retired to his Formian villa to watch the progress of events. Here he was in almost daily intercourse with Cicero, from whose letters we learn that Lepidus was resolved not to cross the sea with Gnaeus Pompeius, but to yield to Julius Caesar if the latter was likely to be victorious. He eventually returned to Rome in March.[6]


  1. Broughton, pg. 85
  2. Broughton, pg. 130
  3. Broughton, pg. 150; Dio Cassius, Roman History,36.42
  4. Syme, Roman Revolution, pg. 22
  5. Holmes, T. Rice, The Roman Republic and the Founder of the Empire, Vol. I, pg. 261
  6. Anthon & Smith, pg. 432


  • Holmes, T. Rice, The Roman Republic and the Founder of the Empire, Vol. I (1923)
  • Anthon, Charles & Smith, William, A New Classical Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography, Mythology and Geography (1860).

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Political offices

Preceded by
Manius Acilius Glabrio and Gaius Calpurnius Piso
Consul of the Roman Republic
with Lucius Volcatius Tullus
Succeeded by
Lucius Manlius Torquatus and Lucius Aurelius Cotta