Lucius Licinius Lucullus

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Lucullus, Lucius Licinius


Born circa 117 B.C.; died circa 56 B.C. Roman general and politician.

Lucullus was a partisan of Sulla and his quaestor in the First Mithridatic War (89-84 B.C.). He became an aedile in 79, praetor in 77, and consul in 74. In 74 to 66, Lucullus commanded the Roman troops in the war against Mithridates VI in the Third Mithridatic War and won significant victories. After his return to Rome, he left politics. Lucullus’ wealth and luxurious life became proverbial (“Lucullian feast”).

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