Gaius Servilius Geminus
|Gaius Servilius Geminus|
|Dictator of the Roman Republic|
|Preceded by||Publius Sulpicius Galba Maximus|
|Succeeded by||Lucius Cornelius Sulla|
|Consul of the Roman Republic|
|Preceded by||Marcus Cornelius Cethegus and Publius Sempronius Tuditanus|
|Succeeded by||Marcus Servilius Pulex Geminus and Tiberius Claudius Nero|
183 BC – 180 BC
|Preceded by||Publius Licinius Crassus Dives|
|Succeeded by||Marcus Aemilius Lepidus|
In 212 BC Geminus was sent to Etruria to buy grain for the troops of the Roman garrison in Tarentum, then besieged by Hannibal. He successfully penetrated into the city and delivered supplies. In 210 BC he was elected Pontifex in place of Titus Otacilius Crassus and in 209 BC was chosen as Aedile. He was selected to serve as magister equitum, while exercising his position as Aedile, under dictator Titus Manlius Torquatus. In 206 BC he became Propraetor and obtained Sicily as a province.
Consulship and later career
Geminus was elected consul, alongside Gnaeus Servilius Caepio, in 203 BC, and obtained Etruria as a province. From there he went to Cisalpine Gaul where his father of the same name was held as a prisoner of war since 218 BC. In 202 BC Geminus was named Dictator by Marcus Servilius Pulex Geminus to hold elections. He was the last person that held that position until Lucius Cornelius Sulla in 82 or 81 BC. In 201 BC he served as one of Decemviri responsible for the distribution of land among veterans who fought with Scipio the Elder. In 183 BC Geminus was elected Pontifex Maximus replacing Publius Licinius Crassus Dives.
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- Smith, William, ed. (1870). "Geminus, Gaius Servilius". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 3. p. 793b.