Tiberius Aemilius Mamercus

Tiberius Aemilius Mamercus or was a Roman senator active in the fifth century BC. He was consul in 470 and 467 BC.

Tiberius Aemilius Mamercus
Consul of the Roman Republic
In office
15 March 470 BC  15 March 469 BC
Preceded byAppius Claudius Sabinus Regillensis (consul 471 BC),Titus Quinctius Capitolinus Barbatus
Succeeded byTitus Numicius Priscus,Aulus Verginius Tricostus Caeliomontanus (consul 469 BC)
In office
15 March 467 BC  15 March 466 BC
Preceded byTitus Quinctius Capitolinus Barbatus,Quintus Servilius Priscus Structus (consul 468 BC)
Succeeded byQuintus Servilius Priscus Structus (consul 468 BC),Spurius Postumius Albus Regillensis (consul 466 BC)
Personal details
Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome


Mamercus was a member of the Aemilii Mamerci, a branch of the gens Aemilia. He was the son of Lucius Aemilius Mamercus, consul in 484, 478, and 473, and the grandson of a Mamercus Aemilius.[1]


In 470, Mamercus was elected consul with Lucius Valerius Potitus Publicola as colleague. The political situation in Rome was strained, the tribunes of the plebs continued to demand that land be distributed equally to the people. Livy states that Mamercus argued in favour of land distributions to the plebs. Tribunes Marcus Duillius and Gnaeus Siccius prosecuted Appius Claudius Sabinus, who was bitterly opposed to their legislation that distributed land to the people, however he died before the proceedings ended.[2][3]

The Aequi and the Sabines, taking advantage of the internal conflict at Rome, made raids into Roman territory. Potitus was sent to fight the Aequi, while Mamercus fought a campaign against the Sabines. The Sabines confined themselves to their camp and would not engage the Roman army. Mamercus laid waste the Sabine countryside, and also the villages, prompting the Sabines to come forth to stop him. An uncertain battle was fought, and both sides retreated, however the war continued in following years.[4][5][6]

Mamercus was elected consul a second time in 467, with Quintus Fabius Vibulanus as his colleague. Mamercus again supported the agrarian law of the plebeian tribunes in favor of a distribution of land to the people and was confronted by the conservative senators. With his colleague Vibulanus, he successfully bought an end to the conflict by passing a law that the lands of the Volsci at the new Roman colony of Antium be distributed. Three commissioners were named for the purpose of dividing the lands.[7][8][9]

Mamercus launched another military expedition against the Sabines along with his colleague who fought the Aequi. He did not provoke a long battle, despite extensive pillaging of Sabine territory.[10][11]


  1. Broughton 1951, p. 31
  2. Livy II, 61; III, 1
  3. Broughton, p. 31
  4. Livy II, 62-64
  5. Dionysius of Halicarnassus IX, 51-55
  6. Broughton 1951, p. 31
  7. Broughton 1951, p. 32
  8. Livy III, 1.2-5
  9. Dionysius of Halicarnassus IX, 59.1-3
  10. Livy III, 1
  11. Dionysius of Halicarnassus IX, 59


Primary sources

Secondary sources

  • Broughton, Thomas Robert Shannon (1951), The Magistrates of the Roman Republic, Philological Monograph No. 15, New York: American Philological Association, ISBN 0-89130-811-3
Political offices
Preceded by
Appius Claudius Sabinus Regillensis (consul 471 BC)
Titus Quinctius Capitolinus Barbatus
Consul of the Roman Republic
with Lucius Valerius Potitus Publicola
470 B.C.
Succeeded by
Titus Numicius Priscus
Aulus Verginius Tricostus Caeliomontanus (consul 469 BC)
Preceded by
Titus Quinctius Capitolinus Barbatus II
Quintus Servilius Priscus Structus
Consul of the Roman Republic
with Quintus Fabius Vibulanus
467 BC
Succeeded by
Quintus Servilius Priscus Structus II
Spurius Postumius Albus Regillensis
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