Person:Lucullus (1)

Lucullus _____
b.Abt 117 BC
d.Bet 57 BC and 56 BC
  1. Marcus Terentius Varro Lucullus _____Abt 116 BC - Aft 56 BC
  2. Lucullus _____Abt 117 BC - Bet 57 BC & 56 BC
Facts and Events
Name Lucullus _____
Gender Male
Birth[1] Abt 117 BC
Marriage to Servilia "the Younger" _____
Death[1] Bet 57 BC and 56 BC
Reference Number? Q242819?

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Lucius Licinius Lucullus (; 118–57/56 BC) was a Roman general and statesman, closely connected with Lucius Cornelius Sulla. In the culmination of over twenty years of almost continuous military and government service, he became the conqueror of the eastern kingdoms in the course of the Third Mithridatic War, exhibiting extraordinary generalship in diverse situations, most famously during the Siege of Cyzicus in 73–72 BC, and at the Battle of Tigranocerta in Armenian Arzanene in 69 BC. His command style received unusually favourable attention from ancient military experts, and his campaigns appear to have been studied as examples of skillful generalship.

Lucullus returned to Rome from the east with so much captured booty that the vast sums of treasure, jewels, priceless works of art, and slaves could not be fully accounted for. On his return Lucullus poured enormous sums into private building projects, husbandry and even aquaculture projects, which shocked and amazed his contemporaries by their magnitude. He also patronized the arts and sciences lavishly, transforming his hereditary estate in the highlands of Tusculum into a hotel-and-library complex for scholars and philosophers. He built the famous horti Lucullani (Palace and gardens of Lucullus) on the Pincian Hill in Rome, and became a cultural innovator in the deployment of imperial wealth. He died during the winter of 57–56 BC and was buried at the family estate near Tusculum.

The conquest agnomen of Ponticus is sometimes incorrectly appended to his name in modern texts. In ancient sources it is attributed to only his consular colleague Marcus Aurelius Cotta after the latter’s capture and brutal destruction of Heraclea Pontica during the Third Mithridatic War.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Lucullus, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.