Lucius Valerius Antias

Lucius Valerias Antias was a commander of ancient Rome. He was sent by Publius Valerius Flaccus with five ships in 215 BCE to convey to Rome the Carthaginian ambassadors, who had been captured by the Romans on their way to Philip V of Macedon.[1]

Some historians have speculated that Livy's mention of this man is derived from the works of the historian Valerius Antias, who may have invented "Lucius Valerias Antias" as a naval ancestor for himself, to indicate that his family had played an early role in the Roman political life of the Valerii.[2] Other historians think it plausible this Antias existed, and may have served with Flaccus as a family dependent.[3]


  1. Livy, Ab Urbe Condita Libri xxiii. 34
  2. Walbank, F.W.; Astin, A.E., eds. (1989). The Cambridge Ancient History. The Cambridge Ancient History. 2. Cambridge University Press. p. 8. ISBN 9780521234467. Retrieved 2016-01-10.
  3. Cornell, T.J. (2013). The Fragments of the Roman Historians. Oxford University Press. p. 294. ISBN 9780199277056. Retrieved 2016-01-10.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Smith, William (1870). "Antias". In Smith, William (ed.). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. p. 184.

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