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Lūcius Munātius Plancus


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Of senatorial family, served under Caesar in the Gallic and Civil Wars, and in 45 bc was one of Caesar's six prefects of the city. Proconsul of Gallia Comata (see gaul (transalpine) ) after Caesar's death, he founded Lugdunum. In letters to Cicero he asserted his loyalty to the republic, while advising peace with Marcus Antonius (‘Mark Antony’). Probably after Octavian's march on Rome, he joined Antony and Aemilius Lepidus 3. In the triumviral proscriptions he was said to have put his own brother's name on the list. In December 43 he triumphed, became consul 42 with Lepidus, and then or later restored the temple of Saturn (see saturnus) out of his triumphal spoils. In the Perusine War he failed to assist Antonius (Pietas), then escaped with Fulvia to Antony in Greece. After governing Asia (40) and, during Antony's Parthian campaign, Syria as Antony's deputy (35), he joined Antony in Alexandria and outdid himself in flattery of Cleopatra VII. Before Actium he joined Octavian, later claiming that he had refused to fight for Cleopatra. In 27 he moved that Octavian be called ‘Augustus’. In 22 he was censor. He was buried at Caieta, where his tomb inscription was found. His daughter Munatia Plancina married Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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