Marcus Junius Silanus Torquatus (consul 19)

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Marcus Junius M. f. M. n. Silanus Torquatus was consul in AD 19 with Lucius Norbanus Balbus.


Silanus was a descendant of the noble Roman house of the Junii Silani. His grandfather was Marcus Junius Silanus, consul with the emperor Augustus in 25 BC. Torquatus married Aemilia Lepida, daughter of Julia the Younger, and great-granddaughter of Augustus.[1][2]

Consul for the whole year of AD 19, he and his colleague Norbanus brought forward the lex Junia Norbana, which prevented slaves manumitted by Praetors from receiving the franchise, and precluding their descendants from inheritance. Freedmen under this law came to be known as Latini Juniani.[3]

From AD 36 to about 39, Silanus was proconsul of Africa.[4]


Silanus and Aemilia had five children, all of whom suffered as a result of their connection to the imperial family.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Oxford Classical Dictionary, 2nd Ed. (1970).
  2. ^ Realencyclopädie der Classischen Altertumswissenschaft.
  3. ^ Oxford Classical Dictionary, 2nd Ed. (1970).
  4. ^ Oxford Classical Dictionary, 2nd Ed. (1970).
  5. ^ Ronald Syme, The Augustan Aristocracy (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986), pp. 188, 192
  6. ^ Barrett, Anthony, Caligula: The Corruption of Power (Touchstone, 1989), p.viii-ix.
  7. ^ Gemäß R. Hanslik, Iunius 27. I. Silana, in: Der Kleine Pauly, Bd. 2 (1967), Sp. 1561.
Political offices
Preceded by
Gaius Rubellius Blandus,
and Marcus Vipstanus Gallus

as Suffect consuls
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Lucius Norbanus Balbus,
followed by Publius Petronius
Succeeded by
Marcus Valerius Messala,
and Marcus Aurelius Cotta Maximus Messalinus

as Ordinary consuls