Creticus Silanus [imperial
legate 13 - 17 CE]
Protegé of Augustus
who was purged by Tiberius
after he became emperor. Quintus Caecilius Metellus Creticus
Silanus served as consul of Rome in 7 CE.
His daughter was for a time betrothed to Livia's
who by order of Augustus was designated Tiberius' heir after the
premature death of Augustus' natural grandson, Gaius.
Six years later Augustus appointed Silanus imperial legate to
Syria (13 CE),
the post held by Gaius when he was killed. Imperial favor,
however, deserted Silanus soon after Augustus' death. As
Tiberius & his mother maneuvered to cement imperial power in
their own hands, Silanus was replaced by Calpurnius
Piso, a crony of the new emperor, & vanished into the
unrecorded recesses of history.
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