FABI0559 Q. Fabius (114) M. f. N. n. Maximus Rullianus


  • Patrician
  • Nobilis Expand

    Liv. 8.33.7, VM. 2.7.8, Juv. Sat. 8.1-32

Life Dates

  • 355?, birth (Develin 1979) Expand

    Develin no. 21.


son of
M. Fabius (44) N. f. M. n. Ambustus (cos. 360) (Zmeskal 2009) Expand

Plin. n.h. VII 133

brother of
? K. Fabius (19) M. f. N. n. (Maximus)? (leg. lieut. 310) (RE)
halfbrother of
C. Claudius (17) (leg. lieut. 310) (RE)
father of
Q. Fabius (112) Q. f. M. n. Maximus Gurges (cos. 292) (Zmeskal 2009) Expand

Gell. X 1.6

Fabia (170) (daughter of Q. Fabius (114) M. f. N. n. Maximus Rullianus (cos. 322)) (Zmeskal 2009) Expand

Auct. vir. ill. 32.1, Val. Max. VIII 1


  • Aedilis Curulis 331 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Liv. 8.18.4-5. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Magister Equitum 325 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • On the name of Fabius Maximus, see Fast. Cap. on 310. (Broughton MRR I)
    • Disobeyed his superior's command to refrain from battle in his absence, and though victorious was saved from capital punishment only by the entreaties of the Senate, the poeple and the army (Liv. 8.30-36; Inscr. Ital. 13.3.62-ILS 53; Val. Max. 2.7.8; 3.2.9; Frontin. Str. 4.1.39; Dio fr. 36, and Zon. 7.26; Auct. Vir. Ill. 31 and 32; Eutrop. 2.8). See Degrassi 108, 414f.; and below, on 324. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Magister Equitum 324 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • See 325 on both offices. This is a "Dictator" year. Livy and Diod. mark no break in the series of regular magistrates, but in the sources{149} dependent on Fast. Cap. (Degrassi 414f.) the following notices appear: Chr. 354, Hoc anno dictatores; non fuerunt (consules ?); Fast. Hyd., His conss. tum Dictator creatus Papinius (sic) Cursor et Magister Equitum Drusus; Chr. Pasc., {Gr}. Furthermore Papirius' triumph in Act. Tr. is dated to this and not to the preceding year. Drusus is not mentioned elsewhere as Mag. Eq., but Münzer (RE s. v. "Livius," no. 12) relates him to the progenitor of the Livii Drusi mentioned in Suet. Tib. 3.2. On the "Dictator years," see Degrassi 110 on 309. On Papirius, see Lübker, no. 9. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Triumphator 322 (Rich 2014) Expand
    • Triumph de Samnitibus et Apuleis. MRR I.149-50, Itgenshorst no. 76, Rich no. 76. (Rich 2014)
  • Consul 322 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Liv. 8.38.1; Chr. 354 (Corvo et Rulliano); Fast. Hyd. (Cursore et Sullo); Chr. Pasc. ({Gr}); Cassiod.; on Fulvius, Plin. NH 7.136. See Degrassi 108, 414f. Livy's main source (8.38-39) attributed a great victory over the Samnites and a triumph to the{150} Dictator while the Consuls remained relatively quiet; but other sources (8.40.1-3) attributed the victory and the triumph to the Consuls. These were followed by Act. Tr., in which Fulvius and Fabius triumph as Consuls (Degrassi 70f., 542; cf. Auct. Vir. Ill. 32). On the victory and negotiations with the Samnites, see App. Samn. 4; Dio fr. 36.8; Zon. 7.26, a version naming the Dictator as the victor. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Interrex 320 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Liv. 9.7.15. See Münzer, Gent. Val. 49, no. 49. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Dictator 315 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Liv. 9.22.1; Fast. Cap. (rei gerundae causa; Degrassi 36f., 109, 418f.). After finally capturing Saticula, he turned to the attack on Sora (Liv. 9.22-23; cf. Diod. 19.72.3-9; Frontin. Str. 1.11.21; see below, Master of Horse). (Broughton MRR I)
  • Dictator 313 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Mommsen (RF 2.242ff.) defends the notice in Diod., and attacks the dictatorship of Poetelius as false because he does not appear on the consular lists, and the discrepancies in the traditions regarding the date of the Lex Poetelia are suspicious. The two Masters of Horse may however point to clear division in the tradition or even, since one version had Poetelius appointed clavi figendi causa, to the existence of two Dictators at different times in this year, with consequent confusion regarding the assignment of Masters of Horse to each. (Broughton MRR I)
    • Diodorus Siculus attributes the capture of Fregellae and Nola to Q. Fabius (19.101.37; Degrassi 419). (Broughton MRR I)
  • Consul 310 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Liv. 9.33.1; Diod. 20.27.1; Fast. Cap. (names entire); Chr. 354; Fast. Hyd.; Chr. Pasc.; Cassiod.; Degrassi 36f., 110, 420f. Fabius held command in Etruria, crossed the Ciminian forest to northern Etruria and Umbria, received the alliance of Camerinum, compelled Perusia, Cortona, and Arretium to sue for peace and a treaty, and reduced Perusia when it renewed the war (Liv. 9.35-37, 38.4, and 40.18-20; Diod. 20.35.1-5; Frontin. Str. 1.2.2; 2.5.2; Flor. 1.12.3-6). According to Livy (9.40.20) he celebrated a triumph as Consul (Auct. Vir. Ill. 32; cf. Act. Tr., and below under 309, Proconsul). Marcius shared a victory with Fabius at Sutrium, then captured Allifae and other points from the Samnites; but reports of reverses led to the appointment of a Dictator (Liv. 9.38, and 39.1; Diod. 20.35.1-5). (Broughton MRR I)
  • Proconsul 309 Etruria (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Act. Tr., triumph as Procos. over Etruscans; cf. above, and 310, Consuls; Degrassi 76f., 542. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Triumphator 309 (Rich 2014) Expand
    • Triumph de Etrusceis. MRR I.164, Itgenshorst no. 83, Rich no. 83. (Rich 2014)
  • Consul 308 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Liv. 9.41.1; Diod. 20.37.1; Fast. Cap. (names entire); Chr. 354; Fast. Hyd.; Chr. Pasc.; Cassiod.; Degrassi 38f., 110, 420f. Decius served in Etruria, giving Tarquinii a forty year truce and Volsinii and other towns an annual one, then turned to face Umbrian attacks on Rome, while Fabius fought Samnites, Marsi, Paeligni, and received the surrender of Mevania in Umbria (Liv. 9.41; cf. Diod. 20.44.8-9; cf. Auct. Vir. Ill. 27, Decius). (Broughton MRR I)
  • Proconsul 307 Samnium (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Liv. 9.42.2 and 6, pro consule. Received near Allifae the surrender of a Samnite force and its Hernican allies (Liv. 9.42.6-10). (Broughton MRR I)
  • Censor 304 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Liv. 9.46.14; 10.22.3, and 24.1; Fast. Cap. ([- -] N. n. Maxim. Rullianu[s]); Degrassi 38f., 111, 422f. Against the Censors of 312,{168} these restricted the registration of the "forensis turba" (libertini, Auct. Vir. Ill. 32) to the four urban tribes, and also instituted the procession of the knights (Liv. 9.46.14-15; Val. Max. 2.2.9; Auct. Vir. Ill. 32.2; Ampel. 18.6; cf. Plut. Pomp. 13.5). (Broughton MRR I)
  • Magister Equitum 302 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Listed in the order of Fast. Cap. ([- - -] M. f. N. n. Maxi[mus- -], and [- -Ai]milius L. f. L. [n.- -], respectively, preserved; Degrassi 38f., 111, 424f.). Livy (10.3.3-4 and 6-8) found both in his sources but preferred Aemilius, doubting that Fabius would have been subject to Valerius or have disobeyed again a Dictator's command (see 325). See 301, Master of Horse. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Magister Equitum 301 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Liv. 10.3-5; cf. 10.5.13; Fast. Cap.; Act. Tr.; see 302, Dictator, and Master of Horse; Degrassi 38f., 111, 424f., and on Valerius' triumph, 92f., 542. See 302, Dictator, and note 2, on Corvus. A "Dictator" year; see 324, 313, and 309. Livy marks no break in the series of Consuls and places Corvus' dictatorship in 302 (10.3.1), but Act. Tr. places the triumph in 301, while Fast. Cap. adds the note: [Hoc an]no dictat(or) [et mag. eq. sine cos. fuerunt]. Chr. 354 reads Corvo II et Rulliano II, and Fast. Hyd., His conss. item Corvinus dictator et Aemilius magister equitum mensibus VI. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Aedilis Curulis 299 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Münzer doubts the two plebeians despite Livy's preference and the authority of Piso, since patricians should hold the office in regular course in an odd year; and Domitius was defeated in 305 (Plin. NH 33.17, probably also from Piso). See Seidel, 14f. Could magistrates of successive years have been telescoped? (Broughton MRR I)
    • Liv. 10.9.10-12, from Licinius Macer, fr. 19 Peter, and Aelius Tubero, fr. 7 Peter. On Papirius, see Lübker, no. 10. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Consul 297 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • In Livy 10.13.9 it is stated that Rullianus was freed from the law against repotition of office within ten years and elected Consul for 297, but as his previous consulship was held in 308 the passage should refer to that of 295, if indeed the law (see 342, Tribunes of the Plebs) is authentic at all (Rotondi 236f.). (Broughton MRR I)
    • Liv. 10.13.13, and 14.1; Fast. Cap. ([- - - -Mus II]I); Chr. 354 (Rulliano IIII et Mure); Fast. Hyd. (Rullo III et Musone III); Auct. Vir. Ill. 27; Chr. Pasc. ({Gr}); Cassiod.; Degrassi 38f., 111, 426f. Decius was victorious at Maleventum over the Apulians (Liv. 10.15.1-5), while Fabius ravaged Samnium and captured Cimetra (Liv. 10.14-15; Frontin. Str. 2.4.2; 4.1.35). He refused to admit the election of himself and another patrician for 296 (Liv. 10.15.7-12; cf. Auct. Vir. Ill. 34.4). (Broughton MRR I)
  • Proconsul 296 Samnium (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Prorogued imperium, Liv. 10.16.1. Continued in command for six months in Samnium (Liv. 10.16.1, 18.8, and 20.2). See note 1. Fast. Hyd. and Chr. Pasc. also record the names of Rullus and of Mus, followed by those of Claudius and of Violens: apparently a repeated record. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Consul 295 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Liv. 10.22.9; Fast. Cap. ([- - - -Maxi]m. Rull[ianus]); Chr. 354 (Rulliano V et Mure IIII); Fast. Hyd. (Rullo V et Musone V), so also Chr. Pasc.; Cassiod.; Degrassi 38f., 111f., 426f. Decius went to Etruria with his colleague, thence to Sentinum to face the co-operating forces of Samnites, Gauls and Etruscans, and in the great battle there with the Samnites and Gauls he devoted himself and met his death (Liv. 10.26-30, 24.10.8; Duris in Diod. 21.6.1; Cic. Sest. 48, and Schol. Bob. p. 131, Stangl; Dom. 64; Rab. Perd. 2; Phil. 11.13; 13.27; ND 2.10; 3.15; Off. 3.16; Div. 1.51; Fin. 2.61; Tusc. 1.89, 2.59; Sen. 43 and 75; Parad. 1.12; Diod. 21.6.1; Fast. Cap.; Vell. 1.14.6; Val. Max. 5.6.6; Plin. NH 28.12; Frontin. Str. 1.8.3; 4.5.15; Iuven. 8.254ff., and Schol.; Plut. Par. Min. 18; Flor. 1.12.7; Auct. Vir. Ill. 27; Ampel. 18.6; Oros. 3.21.1-6; Zon. 8.1; cf. Polyb. 2.19.5-6; Accius, TRF(2) 1.326-328). Fabius also went to Etruria where either he, or his army before he arrived, suffered a defeat, 2 then at Sentinum was victorious after his colleague's death, and celebrated a triumph over Samnites, Etruscans, and Gauls (Liv. 10.24-30, and 31.3; Duris, in Diod. 21.6.1; Act. Tr., Degrassi 72f., 543f.; Vell. 1.14.6; Frontin. Str. 1.8.3; 2.1.8; Auct. Vir. Ill. 27; Ampel. 18.6; Oros. 3.21.1-6; Zon. 8.1; cf. Polyb. 2.19.5-6; Val. Max. 5.7.1; Auct. Vir. Ill. 32.1). (Broughton MRR I)
    • Livy himself doubts the authenticity of the dispute between Decius and Fabius regarding the assignment of provinces (10.24, and 26.5-7). The dispute with Claudius and the elaborate invitation to Decius to come to Etruria also seem unreliable (10.25.13-26.4). The situation demanded two consular armies in Etruria and they were sent. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Triumphator 295 (Rich 2014) Expand
    • Triumph de Samnitibus et Etrusceis [et] Galleis. MRR I.177, Itgenshorst no. 92, Rich no. 92. (Rich 2014)
  • Legatus (Lieutenant) 292 Samnium (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Served under his son, the Consul of this year (see above, Consuls). (Broughton MRR I)
  • Legatus (Lieutenant) 291 Samnium (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Served under his son against the Samnites. See 292, Consuls, and above, Promagistrates. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Princeps Senatus c. 275 (Ryan 1998) Expand
    • p. 223 (Ryan 1998)