Gaius Fulvius Plautianus


0150 – 0205


Who was Gaius Fulvius Plautianus?

Gaius or Lucius Fulvius Plautianus was a member of the Roman gens Fulvia, a family of the patrician status which had been active in politics since the Roman Republic.

Plautianus was originally from Leptis Magna, southeast of Carthage. He was a maternal cousin and long-time friend of Roman Emperor Lucius Septimius Severus. His father was another Gaius Fulvius Plautianus, born ca 130, brother of Fulvia Pia, the wife of Publius Septimius Geta. His paternal grandfather was ... Fulvius Pius, born ca 100, son of ... Fulvius Pius, born ca 70, grandson of ... Fulvius ..., born ca 40, great-grandson of ... Fulvius ..., born ca 10, and great-great-grandson of Marcus Fulvius Saturnius, a Nobleman in Leptis Magna. His paternal grandmother was Plautia Octavilla, born ca 110, daughter of Lucius Plautius Octavianus, a Nobleman in Leptis Magna ca 150, and wife Aquilia Blaesilla, born ca 190, in turn daughter of Gaius Aquilius Postumus, born ca 55, and wife Hateria, born ca 70.

Plautianus was appointed Prefect Commander of the Praetorian Guard in 197. Due to their friendship, Severus rewarded Plautianus with various honors including a consular insigina, a seat in the Roman Senate and the Consulship of 203. During his consulship, Plautianus' image was minted on coins along with Severus' second son Publius Septimius Geta.

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