Marcus Asinius Marcellus

Marcus Asinius Marcellus was the name of two men of the Asinii.

Marcus Asinius Marcellus, the Elder

Marcus Asinius Marcellus was consul in 54 as the colleague of Manius Acilius Aviola;[1] it was the same year the Emperor Claudius died. According to Paul von Rohden, Marcellus was the son of Marcus Asinius Agrippa, consul in 25, and the paternal grandson of Vipsania Agrippina.[2]

Marcellus was a Senator active in the reigns of the emperors Claudius and Nero. In the year 60 Marcellus was caught up in a scandal involving a relative of a Praetor who forged his will. The associates in the scandal were disgraced and punished. Although Marcellus was also disgraced and his accomplices executed, he escaped punishment because the Emperor Nero intervened--reportedly because he was "great-grandson of Asinius Pollio and bore a character far from contemptible."[3]

Political offices
Preceded by
Publius Calvisius Ruso,
and Quintus Caecina Primus

as Suffect consuls
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Manius Acilius Aviola
Succeeded by
Marcus Aefulanus,
and ignotus

as Suffect consuls

Marcus Asinius Marcellus, the Younger

The younger Marcus Asinius Marcellus was a consul ordinarius in 104 as the colleague of Sextus Attius Suburanus Aemilianus,[4] and son or grandson of the consul of 54.[5] Edmund Groag suggested he is identical to the homonymous man mentioned as a member of the College of Pontifices around AD 101/102.[6] Nothing more is known of him.

Political offices
Preceded by
(A?)nnius Mela, and
Publius Calpurnius Macer Caulius Rufus

as Suffect consuls
Consul of the Roman Empire
AD 104
with Sextus Attius Suburanus
Succeeded by
Tiberius Julius Candidus Marius Celsus,
and Gaius Antius Aulus Julius Quadratus II

as Ordinary consuls


  1. ^ Paul Gallivan, "The Fasti for the Reign of Claudius", Classical Quarterly, 28 (1978), pp. 409, 425
  2. ^ "Asinius (18)", Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft, II,2 (1896), col. 1588
  3. ^ Tacitus, Annals, XIV.40
  4. ^ Alison E. Cooley, The Cambridge Manual of Latin Epigraphy (Cambridge: University Press, 2012), p. 467
  5. ^ "Asinius (19)", Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft, II.2 (1896), col. 1588
  6. ^ "Asinius (19)", Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft, S.1 (1903), col. 152

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