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Lepidus(lĕp`ĭdəs), family of the ancient Roman patrician gens Aemilia. Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, d. 152 B.C., was a consul in 187 and 175 B.C., a censor in 179 B.C., and pontifex maximus [high priest] from 180 B.C. He served with distinction in the war with Antiochus III of Syria. Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, d. 77 B.C., was praetor of Sicily (81 B.C.). As consul (78 B.C.), he was bitterly opposed to the senatorial leader CatulusCatulus
, family of ancient Rome, of the Lutatian gens. Caius Lutatius Catulus was consul in 242 B.C. He won the great Roman naval victory over Carthage off the Aegates (modern Aegadian Isles) that ended the First Punic War. Quintus Lutatius Catulus, d. 87 B.C.
..... Click the link for more information. (d. c.60 B.C.). When Lepidus was ostensibly on his way to his proconsulship in Gaul, he raised an army in N Italy. Pompey and Catulus defeated him, and he fled from Italy. His son, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, d. 13 B.C., was praetor (49 B.C.) and consul (46 B.C.) with Caesar. He was appointed to Narbonese Gaul and Hither Spain. He supported AntonyAntony
or Marc Antony,
Lat. Marcus Antonius, c.83 B.C.–30 B.C., Roman politican and soldier. He was of a distinguished family; his mother was a relative of Julius Caesar.
..... Click the link for more information. , who joined him in Gaul after the defeat at Mutina (modern Modena) in 43 B.C. They formed the Second Triumvirate with Octavian (AugustusAugustus
, 63 B.C.–A.D. 14, first Roman emperor, a grandson of the sister of Julius Caesar. Named at first Caius Octavius, he became on adoption by the Julian gens (44 B.C.) Caius Julius Caesar Octavianus (Octavian); Augustus was a title of honor granted (27 B.C.
..... Click the link for more information. ). After the battle of Philippi (42 B.C.), Lepidus received the governorship of Africa, whence he returned (36 B.C.) to conquer Sicily. Octavian suspected him of trying to keep Sicily for himself and deprived him of his offices, except that of pontifex maximus.
Marcus Aemilius . died ?13 bc, Roman statesman: formed the Second Triumvirate with Octavian (later Augustus) and Mark Antony