Aulus Cornelius Cossus (Consul 428 BC)

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Aulus Cornelius Cossus was a Roman senator in the 5th century BC. Chr.

He was 437 BC BC military tribune and 428 BC Chr. Consul . Cossus became famous because he killed the Etruscan king Lars Tolumnius in a duel during the war against Veii . He brought the armor he captured as spolia opima to Iuppiter Feretrius . After Romulus, Cornelius Cossus was the second Roman to consecrate a spolia opima . In 426 Cossus was again a military tribune. Around 430 to 420 BC. He was Pontifex Maximus . It is unclear whether Cossus is a historical or mythological figure and the year of the event and the office of Cossus were disputed even in ancient times. The story gained importance especially in the Augustan period.


Individual evidence

  1. ^ T. Robert S. Broughton: The Magistrates of the Roman Republic. Volume 1. 1951, to 437 BC See p. 59, to 428 BC. Chr. See p. 65 f.
  2. Sources including Titus Livius 4.19 f.