Lucius Julius Caesar III

Lucius Julius Caesar III

Lucius Julius Caesar III

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Lucius Julius Caesar (known with the numeral "III"; c. 135 BC–87 BC) was a son of Lucius Julius Caesar , and elder brother to Gaius Julius Caesar Strabo Vopiscus. Lucius was involved in the downfall of tribune of Lucius Appuleius Saturninus in 100 BC and became praetor in 94 BC without being a quaestor and aedile first. Later he became Macedonian Governor.

Lucius became consul in 90 BC. During his consulship, he defeated the Samnites.Theodor Mommsen History of Rome vol. 3 (book 4) Lucius proposed Roman Citizenship laws to allies who didn’t participate in the Social War against Rome in 90 BC. This proposal became known as the Julian Law. Later he became censor and due to the success of the Julian Law, became responsible for dividing new citizens into voting districts. His colleague in this was a former consul, Publius Licinius Crassus Dives (father of triumvir, Marcus Licinius Crassus).

Lucius and his brother were killed together in 87 BC at the beginning of the Civil War by partisans of Gaius Marius. They died fighting in the streets. According to Livy, their heads were exposed on the speaker’s platform.

His children were Lucius Julius Caesar IV and Julia Antonia.

References

  • His coinage: http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/rsc/julia/i.html


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