Lucius Vitellius (2) - Brother of Emperor Vitellius

He was the son of Lucius Vitellius, governor of Syria, and Sextilia. The historian Tacitus (1) wrote that he suffered from the same vices as his brother but was more active. After receiving the adulation of the Senate upon his brother’s elevation to the throne, he was appointed by Vitellius to command Rome during the civil war with the Flavians.

As the enemy legions advanced on the capital, he moved against Tarracina in Latium, storming the city and causing great loss of life. His wife Triaria supposedly put on a sword and helped slaughter the inhabitants. Captured by the Flavians, Lucius tried to negotiate for his life but was executed.

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