South procession. Detail of Lucius Domitius Aenobarbus (south 44)Marble.
13—9 BCE. Rome, Museum of the Altar of Augustan Peace (Ara Pacis Augustae)
Rome, Museum of the Altar of Augustan Peace (Ara Pacis Augustae)
(Roma, Museo dell’Ara Pacis).
Father of Cneus Domitius, Nero’s father, Suetonius colourfully portrays him in the Lives of the Caesars (VI, 4): “This Cneus had a son, named Domitius, who was… no less famous in his youth for his dexterity in chariot-driving, than he was afterwards for the triumphal ornaments which he obtained in the German war. But he was a man of great arrogance, prodigality, and cruelty. When he was aedile, he obliged L. Plancus, the censor, to give him the way; and in his praetorship, and consulship, he made Roman knights and married women act on the stage. He gave hunts of wild beasts, both in the Circus and in all the wards of the city; as also a show of gladiators, but with such barbarity, that Augustus, after privately reprimanding him, to no purpose, was obliged to restrain him by a public edict” (English ed. Alexander Thomson). This description is likely to have been influenced by the author’s bitter criticism about Lucius’ nephew, Nero, as Suetonius himself informs us that Augustus had named Lucius Domitius Aenobarbus as his executor.
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