Titus Aurelius Fulvus

Titus Aurelius Fulvus from Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum

In the 1st century CE, there were two men with the name Titus Aurelius Fulvus. One was the paternal grandfather and the other the father to the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius.

Titus Aurelius Fulvus the elder

The elder Titus Aurelius Fulvus was a supporter of Vespasian during the Year of Four Emperors. A provincial from Nemausus, Gaul (modern Nîmes, France), he gained his military experience as legatus or commander of the Legio III Gallica in the East under Corbulo. When the legion was transferred to Moesia, in February 69, he led them to victory over 9,000 Rhoxolani horseman on the Roman side of the Danube. [1]

It was while legatus of Legio III that he convinced the Illyrian armies to support Vespasian; as a reward, Fulvus was summoned to Vespasian's side in Alexandria during the critical period between Vitellius' death in December 69 and the emperor's departure for Rome in August of September of the following year. Further honors included a suffect consulship early in Vespasian's reign, [2] and promotion to the patrician class. [3]

As an amicus of Vespasian and his sons, Fulvus held a number of senior posts, but only three are attested: governorship of Hispania Citerior, [4] a second consulship in 85 (ordinary, as colleague of Domitian), [5] and urban prefect. Noting that Fulvus was part of the "Hispano-Narbonensian nexus" that emerged in the later first century AD, Brian W. Jones observes that Fulvus, as a "senior consular of wide experience, he would have been an invaluable member of Domitian's court". [3]