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- Lepidus, Marcus Aemilius Died 13 B.C. Roman leader. He was a member of the triumvirate with Augustus and Mark Antony (43-36 B.C.).
“Poor Southey, it should seem, is the "Lepidus" of this poetical triumvirate.”
“-- In Act Two, a immature Pompey is in fighting behind opposite a triumvirate of Octavius, Antony as good as Lepidus, fervent to rehabilitate a reputation of his father, once cheered by a Roman mob, killed in conflict by Julius Caesar.”
“Octavius has had Lepidus liquidated, as good as has seized his possessions; a Vice Dean forked out which Octavius finished no effort to transparent this gangland hit opposite a weaker opposition for power.”
“As my eyes adjusted to the gloom I recognized Catulus, Piso, Torquatus, and Lepidus, with the folds of their togas pressed to their noses, and also the short and broad figure of the state executioner, the carnifex, in his leather apron, attended by half a dozen assistants.”
“The most extreme advice of all came from Catulus, who turned up late in the evening, just as Cicero was about to retire to bed, with a group of former consuls, including the two Lucullus brothers, Lepidus, Torquatus, and the former governor of Nearer Gaul Gaius Piso.”
“It was addressed to a number of prominent senators, among them Catulus, Caesar, and Lepidus, and was signed by Catilina:”
“To fetch each prisoner Cicero placed a former consul at the head of a detachment of guards: Catulus went for Cethegus, Torquatus for Capito, Piso for Caeparius, and Lepidus for Statilius.”
“Together with the ex-consul Marcus Lepidus these self-appointed musketeers had formed a brittle three-way power-sharing agreement known as the Triumvirate and had proceeded to crush Brutus and Cassius at the battle of Philippi in October 42 BC.”
“At the harbor of Brundisium Brindisi on the Adriatic coast of Italy the terms of a treaty were agreed in October 40 BC, which confirmed the awards of the eastern provinces of the empire to Mark Antony and the western provinces to Octavian, while third wheel Lepidus was dispatched to the province of Africa, well away from the center of the action.”
“This left the third triumvir, Lepidus, with responsibility for the province of Africa, and Octavian with jurisdiction over Italy and the unpopular task of repossessing land and redistributing it among the military troops who had been promised a reward for supporting the triumvirs against Brutus and Cassius.”
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