CORN2550 L. Cornelius (70) P. f. Balbus ('Balbillus')

Life Dates

  • 79?, birth (Rüpke 2005)


son of
? P. Cornelius (cf. 70) (Balbus) (father of? L. Cornelius (70) P. f. Balbus ('Balbillus') (q. 44)) (RE)
nephew of
L. Cornelius (69) L. f. Clu. Balbus (cos. suff. 40) (RE)


  • Legatus (Envoy) 49 (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • Caesar sent him on a secret mission to the Consul Lentulus, but the latter left Italy too soon for them to meet (Cic. Att. 8.9.4, and 11.5, and 15A.3; 9.6.1). (Broughton MRR II)
  • Legatus (Envoy) 48 (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • Penetrated secretly into Pompey's camp at Dyrrachium to bring overtures from Caesar to the Proconsul Lentulus Crus, but without result (Cic. Fam. 10.32.3; Vell. 2.51.3; cf. Caes. BC 3.19.6-7). (Broughton MRR II)
  • Quaestor 44 Hispania Ulterior (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • See 43, Promagistrates. Since he was serving under Pollio in Farther Spain in the spring of 43 it is probable that he went to the province with him as Quaestor in 44. See PIR² 2.310, no. 1331. (Broughton MRR II)
    • Quaestor in 44 under Pollio in Hisp. Ult. In MRR 2.325, refer also to Cic. Att. 15.13.4, Balbillus, and Shackleton Bailey, CLA 6.295. Possibly the L. Cornelius - f. - n. who was cos. suff. in 32, but Degrassi (Inscr. Ital. 13.1.288) and Groag (PIR(2) C nos. 1313 and 1338) suggest L. Cornelius Cinna (32, cf. 104), esp. as Velleius (2.51.3) describes him as ex privato consularis. On his pontificate, see M. W. H. Lewis, Priests 29, no. 14. (Broughton MRR III)
  • Proquaestor 43 Hispania Ulterior (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • He was probably a Proquaestor under Pollio in Farther Spain when in the spring of 43 he embarrassed him by outrages upon citizens of Gades and by absconding with his treasury (Cic. Fam. 10.32, quaestor; cf. Strabo 3.5.3). See 44, Quaestors; PIR² 2.310, no. 1331. (Broughton MRR II)
  • Pontifex? 40 (Rüpke 2005)
  • Legatus (Lieutenant) 40 Hispania (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • Coins, probably from Hither Spain, name a Balbus Pro Pr. (Grueber, CRRBM 2.406f., with attribution to Gaul) who may perhaps be identified with the # (Legate) who was in Spain in 40 B. C. (App. BC 5.54). If the elder Balbus is referred to, the position preceded his consulship, if the younger, no more is known of his activities for some years (see RE no. 69, article by Münzer, and no. 70, article by Groag; PIR² 2.311, no. 1331, Groag; and Ganter 14; cf. also below, Legates, on C. Livius). (Broughton MRR II)
  • Pontifex 39 to after 31 (Rüpke 2005)