ASIN2553 C. Asinius (25) Cn. f. Arn. Pollio


  • Novus Expand

    Vell. 2.128

  • Eques R Expand

    Nicolet Ref 34. Vell. 2.128.3. homo novus, tr. mil., cos. 40

Life Dates

  • 76?, birth (DPRR Team) Expand

    Hieron. Chron. Ol. 195.4 (died in 80th year in AD 4/5).

  • A.D. 4?, death (DPRR Team) Expand

    Hieron. Chron. Ol. 195.4.


grandson of
-. Asinius (5) (grandfather of C. Asinius (25) Cn. f. Arn. Pollio (cos. 40)) (RE)
son of
Liburnia (A) (mother of C. Asinius (25) Cn. f. Arn. Pollio (cos. 40)) (Zmeskal 2009) Expand

Quintil. inst. IX 2.34

brother of
Cn.? Asinius (2) Cn. f. Arn.? Marrucinus? (pr.? before 34) (RE)
married to
Quinctia (60) (daughter of L. Quinctius (13) (sen. 43)) (Zmeskal 2009) Expand

App. b.c. IV 27 (114)

father of
C. Asinius (15) Gallus (son of C. Asinius (25) Cn. f. Arn. Pollio (cos. 40)) (Zmeskal 2009) Expand

Plin. n.h. pr. XXXI, Tac. ann. I 12

Herius Asinius (6) (son of C. Asinius (25) Cn. f. Arn. Pollio (cos. 40)) (Zmeskal 2009) Expand

Plin. n.h. pr. XXXI

-. Asinius (37) Saloninus (son of C. Asinius (25) Cn. f. Arn. Pollio (cos. 40)) (Zmeskal 2009) Expand

Plin. n.h. pr. XXXI

grandfather of
M. Claudius (234) Marcellus Aeserninus (son of? M. Claudius (232, cf. 233) M. f. Marcellus Aeserninus (q. 48)) (Zmeskal 2009) Expand

Suet. Aug. 43.2


  • Legatus (Lieutenant)? 49 Gallia Cisalpina, Italia, Sicilia, Africa, (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • With Caesar at the Rubicon (Plut. Caes. 32.5), and later an officer under Curio in Sicily (Plut. Cat. Min. 53; App. BC 2.40), where he went in advance (Plut.; cf. Cic. Att. 10.4.8, and 16.3), and in Africa (App. BC 2.45-46). Perhaps a Tribune of the Soldiers, but listed in D.-G. 3.700 as a Legate; see also J. Andr6, REL 25 (1947) 124- 137. (Broughton MRR II)
  • Legatus (Lieutenant)? 48 Macedonia (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • Served under Caesar at Pharsalus (Suet. Iul. 30.4; Plut. Pomp. 72.3; App. BC 2.82, #) (Broughton MRR II)
  • Tribunus Plebis 47 (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • Dolabella's popular bills, proposing to abolish debts (Liv. Per. 113; Plut. Ant. 9.1-2; Dio 42.29.1, and 32.2; cf. Cic. Att. 11.23.3; 14.21.4; Phil. 6.11; 10.22; 11.14; 13.26), and remit house-rents (Dio 42.32.2) led to dissension with his colleagues Pollio and Trebellius, and finally to the intervention of Antony as Master of Horse (Liv. Per. 113; Plut. Ant. 8-9, naming Pollio; Dio 42.29-33; 46.16.2; cf. Cic. Att. 11.10.2, and 12.4, and 16.1, and 23.3; Phil. 2.99; 6.11; 10.22; 11.14; 13.2 and 26; Auct. Bell. Alex. 65.1; Plut. Caes. 51.1). J. Andre (REL 25 [1947] 137-139) doubts that Pollio held the tribunate. (Broughton MRR II)
    • Cos. 40. Tr. pl. 47. Delete the query in MRR 2.287. His tribunate is not expressly named, but his activity with Trebellius against Dolabella implies it clearly (Sumner, Phoenix 25, 1971, 260- 262). Consul 40. See below, on Cn. Domitius Calvinus, Cos. 53, 40. (Broughton MRR III)
    • p. 257-63 (Thommen 1989)
  • Legatus (Lieutenant)? 46 Africa (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • He served under Caesar in Africa (Cic. Att. 12.2.1; Plut. Caes. 52.6). (Broughton MRR II)
  • Praetor 45 (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • An ex-Praetor when in command of Farther Spain in 44 (Vell. 2.73.2; see 46, Legates). See Sternkopf, Hermes 47 (1912) 325, and 336. (Broughton MRR II)
  • Legatus (Lieutenant) 45 Hispania (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • Served with Caesar in Spain (Cic. Att. 12.38.2, and 39.1; cf. Suet. Iul. 55.4). See above, Praetors. (Broughton MRR II)
  • Promagistrate 44 Hispania Ulterior (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • Governor, probably Proconsul, of Farther Spain in succession to Carrinas. He struggled unsuccessfully against the remnants of the Pompeian forces under Sextus Pompey until the agreement arranged by Lepidus ended the hostilities (Cic. Att. 14.5.1; Nic. Dam. Vit. Aug. 28, FGrH 2A.414; App. BC 4.84, cf. 3.46; Dio 45.10; cf. Vell. 2.73.2, who terms Pollio praetorius and attributes a clarissimum bellum, to him). See Sternkopf, Hermes 47 (1912) 336. (Broughton MRR II)
  • Promagistrate 43 Hispania Ulterior (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • Governor, probably Proconsul, of Farther Spain (see 44, Promagistrates). Pollio professed loyalty to the (Broughton MRR II)
  • Triumvir Agris Dividendis 41 (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • In Donatus, Vit. Verg. (ed. Brummer, p. 16) these three men receive the traditional title Triumviri agris dividendis (see also Schol. Bern., Jahrb. f. Philol., Supb. 9 [1867], p. 743; Iun. Philargyr. II, on Eclogue I, Proem.). Our sources also describe their position as follows: Pollio agris praeerat dividundis (Serv. on Eel. 2.1); qui praeesset Transpadanae regioni (Iun. Philargyr. II on Eel. 6.7; cf. Iun. Philargyr. I and II on Eel. 4.3); Alfenus qui agros divisit (Serv. Dan. on Eel. 9.10); victo enim Antonio Caesar Alphenum, Varum in locum Pollionis constituit (Iun. Philargyr. II on Ecl. 6.7); Gallus a Triumviris praeposilus fuit ad exigendas pecunias ab his municipiis, quorum agri in Transpadana regione non dividebantur (Serv. Dan. on Eel. 6.64). Polio and Alfenus Varus are named also in the following passage: ... fugatoque Asinio Pollione, ab Augusto Alfenum, Varum legatum, substitutum, qui Transpadanae provinciae et agris dividendis praeessel (Sery. Dan. on Eel. 6.6). The activities of these men in the confiscation of land and the settlement of veterans in the Transpadane region brought them into contact with Vergil, whose land in the territory of Mantua was supposedly either confiscated, and later returned to him, or, according the Donatus life of Vergil (ed. Brummer, p. 5), he received an indemnity. The references to their activities deal exclusively with Vergil's land. Bayet (REL 6 [1928] 271-299) interprets these notices to mean that these men formed a board of three like the senatorial land cominissions of Gracchan and earlier times (see p. 276). But Gallus, being a knight, not a senator, was technically ineligible for such an appointment. Moreover, the passage of Serv. Dan. on Ecl. 6.64 indicates that his task was not to divide land but to exact money from towns whose land was not divided, a task more suitable for an equestrian Prefect (cf. on 9.10 for a fragment of his speech of protest to Alfenus Varus for taking too much land from Montua). The system used by Antony and Octavian in dividing the land among their soldiers probably followed closely the system of Prefects and other officers, including Promagistrates, who received grants of imperium for the purpose, which Caesar used for the settlement of his veterans (see 45, Prefects, on C. Clovius; 44, Prefects, on Plotius Plancus; and note also App. BC 2.120, regard- ing the multitude of soldiers in Rome in March, 44, #). Q. Valerius Orca performed this function under Caesar as Legatus pro praetore (see 45, Legates). Munatius Plancus was probably a Proconsul when he distributed lands at Beneventum in this year (ILS 886); and in this period L. Memmius distributed lands at Luca to the sixth and the twenty-sixth legions as Prefect for the purpose (ILS 887). The members therefore of this so-called commission were probably individual appointees, with or without imperium, Pollio probably a Proconsul until he assumed the consulship in 40, Alfenus Varus probably a Legate or a Prefect but possibly also a Promagistrate, and Gallus almost certainly an equestrian Prefect. The old senatorial commissions were practically obsolete (see Grant, From Imperium to Auctoritas 9-11). (Broughton MRR II)
  • Promagistrate 41 (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • His title is uncertain, but either as a Legatus with imperium or as a Promagistrate, he held command of the veterans in the Transpadane region and was distributing lands to them until he was interrupted by the outbreak of the Perusine war. Either bringing an army, or more probably recalling soldiers into service, he advanced toward Perusia, but being uncertain of Mark Antony's wishes did not press the effort to relieve Lucius Antonius (App. BC 5.20, and 31, he impeded the advance toward Spain and return of Octavian's Lieutenant Salvidienus; 5.32, his advance toward Perusia; cf. Vell. 2.76.2, seven legions in his command in early 40; Macrob. Sat. 1.11.22, on his severe exactions of money and arms from Patavium). (Broughton MRR II)
  • Consul 40 (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • CIL 10.5159-ILS 3784; Fast. Sacerd., CIL 12.1, p. 60, no. III-ILS 9338, no. 3; Fast. Colot., Degrassi 273-275; Fast. Mag. Vic., ibid. 282, 287; Fast. Biond., ibid. 291f.; ibid. 135, 504f.; Joseph. AJ 14.389; Dio 48, Index, and 15.1, and 32.1; Chr. 354; Fast. Hyd.; Chr. Pasc.; Cassiod.; on Domitius, Grueber, CRRBM 2.373; CIL 6.1301-ILS 42; CIL 2.6186; and on Pollio, Verg. Ecl. 4.11-12. After Perusia fell to Octavian Pollio retreated to Venetia where 'M the course of several months he won Domitius Ahenobarbus over to Antony and prepared the way for the latter to land in Italy (Vell. 2.76.2; App. BC 5.35, and 50, and 64; cf. Verg. Ecl. 8.6-7). In this period may be dated his capture of Salona in Dalmatia (Serv. on Ecl. 3.88, and 4.1 post etiam consutatum adeptus; Serv. Dan. on Ecl. 8.12, who dates it before the peace of Brundisium; cf. Bern. Schol. on Eel. 8.6 and 13; and 4.1, Preface; Iun. Philargyr. I and II on Ecl. 4.1; and 8.13; see 39, Promagistrates, on Pollio). He aided in reconciling Antony and Octavian at Brundisium (App. BC 5.64), and when both Consuls abdicated shortly afterwards received command of Macedonia from Antony (Dio 48.32.1; see 39, Promagistrates). (Broughton MRR II)
    • Cos. 40. Tr. pl. 47. Delete the query in MRR 2.287. His tribunate is not expressly named, but his activity with Trebellius against Dolabella implies it clearly (Sumner, Phoenix 25, 1971, 260- 262). Consul 40. See below, on Cn. Domitius Calvinus, Cos. 53, 40. (Broughton MRR III)
  • Promagistrate 40 Macedonia (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • After he abdicated the consulship (see above, Consuls) Antony appointed him Proconsul in Macedonia (Act. Tr. for 39, Degrassi 86f., 568; see 39, Promagistrates). (Broughton MRR II)
  • Proconsul 39 Macedonia (Broughton MRR II) Expand
    • Proconsul of Macedonia. He subdued a revolt of the Illyrian Parthini (Dio 48.41.7), and returned to celebrate on October 25, probably of this year, a triumph over them (Act. Tr., Degrassi 86f., 568; Fast. Barb., ibid. 342f.; Horace Carm. 2.1.15-16, and Scholia ad loc.; Senec. Constrov. 4.2, pref.; Serv. on Ecl. 3.88, and 4.1, and Serv. Dan. on Ecl. 8.12; Schol. Bern. on Ecl. 4, pref., and on Ecl. 8.6 and 13; Jerome, Chr. ad ann. 4 p. C., p. 170 Helm). He built the Atrium Libertatis from the booty (Suet. Aug. 29.5; Plin. NH 7.115; 35.10; Isid. Orig. 6.5.2). (Broughton MRR II)
  • Triumphator 39 (Rich 2014) Expand
    • Triumph ex Parthineis. MRR II.387-8, Itgenshorst no. 277, Rich no. 278. (Rich 2014)