FURI0967 L. Furius (86) Sp. f. Sp. n. Purpurio


  • Patrician
  • Nobilis Expand

    Liv. 39.40.2-3, 39.41.1

Life Dates

  • 230?, birth (Develin 1979) Expand

    Develin no. 155.


father of
? -. (Furius)? (not in RE) Purpurio (son of? L. Furius (86) Sp. f. Sp. n. Purpurio (cos. 196)) (RRC)


  • Tribunus Militum 210 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Served under Marcellus at Numistro (Liv. 27.2.10). (Broughton MRR I)
  • Praetor 200 Gallia Cisalpina, Etruria (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Elections: Liv. 31.4.4 Provinces Liv. 31.6.2, and 8.7-9 (Broughton MRR I)
    • Münzer (RE, where previous studies are cited) finds in Purpurio's achievements a doublet with those of Cethegus in 197, and confusion with those of his consulate in 196; and would therefore transfer the date of his triumph to 196 (see CIL 1(2).1, p. 174). However, in this period resemblances between different campaigns in Cisalpine Gaul are not unlikely; and Livy is himself aware of the discrepancy in his sources regarding the fate of the Punic leader Hamilcar (33.23.5). (Broughton MRR I)
    • Defeated a serious rising of Gauls and Ligurians, was superseded by the Consul Aurelius and sent to Etruria (Liv. 31.10-11.3, 21-22.3, and 47.4; Dio fr. 58.6, and Zon. 9.15; Oros. 4.20.4). Celebrated a triumph over the Gauls (Liv. 31.47-49; Dio fr. 57.81; 58.6; Degrassi 551). (Broughton MRR I)
    • p. 729 (Brennan 2000)
  • Triumphator 200 (Rich 2014) Expand
    • Triumph de Galleis. MRR I.323, Itgenshorst no. 165, Rich no. 164. (Rich 2014)
  • Legatus (Envoy) 199 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • According to Livy (31.47.6- -49.2) Purpurio, Pr. in Gaul in 200, returned to Rome before the end of the year. He could not have attended the meeting of the Aetolian assembly in autumn of 200, but could attend a meeting in the spring of 199. The Envoy and the Praetor are probably the same man (Liv. 31.22.4; Holleaux, CAH 8.167; cf. his Études d' épigraphie et d' histoire grecques 1.219-227). (Broughton MRR I)
    • Sent by Sulpicius to the Council of the Aetolians (Liv. 31.29.1-32.5). (Broughton MRR I)
  • Consul 196 (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Nep. Hann. 7; Liv. 33.24.1; Fast. Cap., Degrassi 48f., 121, 452f.; Chr. 354; Fast. Hyd.; Chr. Pasc.; Cassiod.; and on Claudius, Polyb. 18.42.1. Both were assigned provinces in Italy (Liv. 33.25.4-11), where Furius made war upon Gauls and Ligurians (33.37.1-9), and Claudius upon the Boii (33.36.4-15, cf. Val. Ant. fr. 34 Peter; Oros. 4.20.11). Claudius celebrated a triumph (Liv. 33.37.9-12; Act. Tr., Degrassi 78f., 552). (Broughton MRR I)
    • On Purpurio's triumph, see 200, note 1. (Broughton MRR I)
  • Legatus (Ambassador) 189 Asia (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Though Willems is compelled to admit that this embassy consists in any case of an unusual proportion of senior members of the Senate, he attempts to fit it to his regular pattern (Sénat 2.506) by claiming: 1. that Aemilius Paullus was not the famous member of the family (but see above, note 3); 2. that Lentulus was not the Pr. of 203 but another, the Cos. of 162 (who was too young and whose career, as Münzer has shown, RE no. 214, he has reported incorrectly, Sénat 1.347, no. 216); and 3. that Aelius Tubero was not the Pr. of 201 but someone otherwise unknown. Münzer suggests that Lentulus{365} is a mistake for Cethegus, Pr. 185 and Cos. 181, and since the two men are confused in Liv. 40.18.1 this remains a possibility. However it is unnecessary, for with the identification of Aemilius Paullus the commission is seen to consist of eight consulars or praetorians, and evidently may have consisted wholly of men of curule rank. Therefore in spite of the disarangement of the two final names it seems preferable to identify Lentulus with the Praetor of 203 and Tubero with the Praetor of 201. As we know the names of only three senatorial commissions of ten men during this period and possess the complete list of only this one, the basis for Willems' generalization regarding the pattern remains rather tenuous. (Broughton MRR I)
    • An embassy of ten members sent to assist Manlius Vulso in implementing the treaty with Antiochus and in completing the settlement of Asia Minor (Liv. 37.55.7; 38.38.1, and 40.1, and 44.9-47, and 54.6; cf. Polyb. 21.24.9, and 16.17; see 188, Legates). (Broughton MRR I)
  • Legatus (Ambassador) 188 Asia (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • The ten Legates assisted Manlius in concluding the treaty with Antiochus and the settlement of Asia Minor, and returned with him (Polyb. 21.4-45; 22.5; Liv. 38.38-40, and 45-46). (Broughton MRR I)
  • Repulsa (Cens.) 184 (Pina Polo 2012) Expand
    • pp. 65-72 (Pina Polo 2012)
  • Legatus (Ambassador) 183 Gallia Transalpina (Broughton MRR I) Expand
    • Sent to the Transalpine Gauls to warn them to keep their people out of northern Italy (Liv. 39.54.11-54.4). (Broughton MRR I)