Aulus Cornelius Palma Frontonianus
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Aulus Cornelius Palma Frontonianus

Aulus Cornelius Palma Frontonianus (died AD 118) was a soldier and Roman statesman who was twice consul: first as consul ordinarius in AD 99 with Quintus Sosius Senecio as his colleague; then in 109 with Publius Calvisius Tullus Ruso as his colleague.

Cornelius Palma came from Volsinii in Etruria. His first known post is that of praetorian legate to the proconsular governor Asia sometime during Domitian's reign. He went on to command a Legion in the years AD 94-97 and became consul in AD 99. In that same year Cornelius Palma went to Hispania to take up the position of governor of Hispania Tarraconensis. A short time later, he became the governor of Syria and under emperor Trajan, annexed Nabatea in AD 106, helping to create the Roman province of Arabia Petraea. In AD 109, he was consul ordinarius a second time.

Cornelius Palma seems to have been valued by Trajan for his administrative and military skills. This closeness to the emperor may have been a deciding factor that led to him -- along with Gnaeus Pedanius Fuscus Salinator, Avidius Nigrinus, Calpurnius Piso Licinianus, and Lusius Quietus -- to be executed execution by Hadrian following the death of Trajan.

References

Secondary sources

  • Grainger, John D. (2004). Nerva and the Roman Succession Crisis of AD 96-99. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-34958-3.

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