Marcus Aemilius Lepidus

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Lepidus, Marcus Aemilius


Born circa 89 B.C.; died 13 or 12 B.C., in Circeii. Roman political figure.

In 49 B.C., while he was a praetorian, Lepidus won Caesar’s appointment as dictator. In 46 as consul he was Caesar’s colleague. From 45 to 44 B.C., Lepidus was master of the horse. After the death of Caesar in 44 B.C., he became pontifex maximus and remained in the post until his death. In 43 B.C., he formed the Second Triumvirate with Octavian and Antony. Octavian deprived Lepidus of his triumvir’s powers in 36 B.C. during a struggle for power.

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