- Quinctilius Varus
Publius Quinctilius Varus Minor ("Minor" Latin for "the younger") was the only child to Roman general and politician
Publius Quinctilius Varusfrom his second marriage to Claudia Pulchra.
Through his mother he was the first cousin to Roman Empress
Valeria Messalina, her brother Marcus Valerius Messala Corvinus, second cousin to Messalina’s children Claudia Octaviaand Britannicus. His second cousins were also Roman Emperor Augustus’ great grandchildren Aemilia Lepidaand Marcus Aemilius Lepidus.
He was born in
Romebetween 1-6 and was raised there. In 7, his father was appointed German Governor, and committed suicide two years later in September 9, due to his defeat at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, Germania Inferior. His mother never remarried. In 26, his mother died in exile as a victim of the treason trials. Through his parents’ inheritance he became wealthy.
Younger Varus became another victim of Palace Guardsman
Sejanus' treason trials. In 27, he was charged with treason and condemned. His accuser was the celebrated orator Domitius Afer. Roman Emperor Tiberiusdid nothing to save his relative.
Tacitus- The Annals of Imperial Rome
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