Lucius Aelius Lamia (consul 3)

Lucius Aelius Lamia (before 43 BC AD 33) was a Roman Senator who held a number of offices under Augustus and Tiberius. He was consul in the year AD 3 with Marcus Servilius as his colleague.[1]

Lucius was the son of Lucius Aelius Lamia, a loyal partisan of Cicero who was made praetor in 43 BC but died before completing his term.[2] His connection with the prominent Aelii Tuberones (including Aelia Paetina, second wife of the emperor Claudius) is not known. It is unlikely his father was the same man as Lucius Aelius Tubero, the possible great-grandfather of Aelia Paetina.


Only one of his offices before acceding to the consulate is known: Lucius was tresviri monetalis, the most prestigious of the four boards that form the vigintiviri, in 9 BC together with Publius Silius.[3] After he stepped down from the consulate, Lucius served as legatus propraetor or governor of Germania, then Pannonia.[4] Towards the beginning of Tiberius' reign the sortition awarded Lucius the proconsulship of Africa (between AD 14 and 17). An inscription recovered from a crossroads near Leptis Magna in Tunisia records that Lucius constructed 44 miles of road from that town to the edge of its territory at "the order of Tiberius Caesar Augustus".[5]

In 22 AD he was appointed imperial legate to Syria by Tiberius but was detained in Rome and never traveled to Syria in person. In the last year of his life, 33 AD, Lucius Aelius Lamia served as praefectus urbi.[6]


  1. Alison E. Cooley, The Cambridge Manual of Latin Epigraphy (Cambridge: University Press, 2012), p. 458
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-06-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. Ronald Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy (Oxford: Clarendon Press, (1986), p. 52
  4. Velleius Paterculus, 116.2
  5. IRT 930
  6. Tacitus, Annales 6.27
  • Aelius Lamia entry in historical sourcebook by Mahlon H. Smith
Political offices
Preceded by
Publius Cornelius Lentulus Scipio,
and Titus Quinctius Crispinus Valerianus

as Suffect consuls
Consul of the Roman Empire
AD 3
with Marcus Servilius
Succeeded by
Publius Silius, and
Lucius Volusius Saturninus

as Suffect consuls
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