Vespasian and the slave trade1

  title={Vespasian and the slave trade1},
  author={Albert Brian Bosworth},
  journal={The Classical Quarterly},
  pages={350 - 357}
  • A. Bosworth
  • Published 1 July 2002
  • History
  • The Classical Quarterly
Around A.D. 62 the future emperor, T. Flavius Vespasianus, returned from his proconsulate of Africa with his finances at a very low ebb. In fact he was so impoverished that his credit was ruined, and he mortgaged all his property to his brother. According to Suetonius (Vesp. 4.3) he turned to commerce, and commerce of a particular sort: necessarioque ad mangonicos quaestus sustinendae dignitatis causa descenderit; propter quae ‘mulio’ vocabatur. On the nature of that commerce there has evolved… Expand
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Ann. 6.20.1; Sen. Controv. 3 praef. 14 (classed with Pollio and Messalla)
    Sallustio Crispo Passieno] Equi[-proco(n)s(uli) co(n)s(uli) pr(aetori)] q(uaestori) Ti(berii) Ca[esaris Augusti, VII(septem)]-viro
      Syme (n. 3), 2.602 had no such reservations: 'One is now in a position to evoke C. Sornatius Barba, legate of Lucullus from the beginning of his campaigns to the endwith no known senatorial posterity
        The main source is the thumbnail biographical sketch of Suetonius (Schol. Juv. 4.81 = Vita Passieni Crispi: 2.506 Loeb). See also Suet
          who is described as a slave dealer (τψναυ νποσοΚ) and held the office of 2ηοσ0ξονοΚ (OGIS 524 = TAM 5.1-2.932)