Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Roman General: Lucius Cornelius Balbus

Lucius Cornelius Balbus, (1st century AD), Roman soldier, native of Gades (Cadiz), in Spain. He served under Pompey in the war against Sertorius, for which he received Roman citizenship.

Prosecuted on a charge of illegal assumption of the citizenship, he was defended by Cicero and acquitted. He was chief engineer to Caesar in Gaul, looked after his affairs in Rome during the civil war, and was the first foreigner to become consul (40 BC).

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