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Faustus Cornelius Dolabella Julianus Marcellinus

Fautus Cornelius Dolabella Julianus Marcellinus

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50 | 6 July 25CE | Senatore | Senatore | Heterosexual | Original | Alec Guinness


Alec Guinness in The Fall of the Roman Empire directed by Anthony ...



 Fautus is a through and through Roman patrician. He rejoices in being able to trace his lineage back into the early Empire and had a great number of famous names on his family tree. He is exceedingly pompous, pretentious and elitist. He believes that he, and his family, deserve all that they have simply by virtue of birth and that they must surely possess all the necessary virtues for success through good and selective breeding. His arrogance covers his general ignorance. He is actually not particularly smart and certainly lets his slaves run rings around him – not that he knows that! He is careless with money and lives in a state which is slightly beyond his actual means. He is an indulgent father to his daughters but overly strict with his sons.  



Faustus is of media height and build. Given that his active military career is over, the strength of his youth is tending more towards plumpness occasioned by more gentle living. His hair has long since gone grey and he has adopted a beard. He is very haughty and has a quite stand-offish manner with those who he sees as being lower than him in class. He also has a lisp which comes across heavily in his speech. He has given up trying to hide this but any ridicule or mention of it leads him quickly to anger. 


Father: Lucius Cornelius Dolabella Marcellinus (3CE – 65CE)

Mother: Juliana Lepida (5CE – 71CE)

Sibling: Lucius Cornelius Dolabella Julianus Severianus (29CE - ), married to Fautina Annia and who is the father of Lucius Cornelius Dolabella Julianus Faustianus (50CE - ), Cornelia Juliana (52CE - ), Cornelia Annia (54CE - ), Faustus Cornelius Dolabella Annianus (56CE - )

Sibling: Numerius Cornelius Dolabella Lepidianus (33CE - ), married to Marciana Marcellina (36CE - ) and who is the father of Cornelia Marcellina (55CE - ), Numerius Cornelius Dolabella Marcellinus (58CE - )

Spouse: (1) Terentia Praesina (30 CE – 55CE) (2) Bruttia Crispina (32CE – 64CE) (3) Helvia Aurelia (43CE - )

Children: (1) Faustus Cornelius Dolabella Julianus Marcellus Minor (46CE - ); (1) Marcus Cornelius Dolabella Julianus Praesinus (51CE -); (1) Cornelia Marcellina (55CE - ); (2) Lucius Cornelius Dolabella Julianus Crispinus (58CE - ); (2) Gaius Cornelius Dolabella Julianus Lepidianus (64CE - ); (3) Cornelia Helvia (71CE - ); (3) Cornelia Aureliana (71CE - )

Other: Cleander (30CE - ), Faustus’ main body slave and confidant; Gannys (35CE - ), Faustus’ steward and money-manager.



Faustus was born into an old and distinguished senatorial family in the reign of Tiberius. His family had a prestigious history in the Republic and had attracted much wealth but, with that, came much unwanted attention. Several generations lost large proportions of their number to the political proscriptions of Marius, Sulla, and the Triumvirate. They would again during the purges in the brief reign of Clemens Augustus.

From birth, Faustus was surrounded by the trappings of luxurious living and was brought up to believe in the importance and natural value of his family’s position in the order of society. He formed the belief then, through until now, that the senatorial order are the natural custodians of the prestige and future of Rome.

His education was thoroughly traditional with the appropriate range of tutors for rhetoric, Greek, Latin, History and Mathematics. He learned well enough but was not cut from the right cloth to ever become a scholar. As he grew it also became apparent that a lisp he had developed as a small child was not going to go. Various attempts were made at trying to medically remedy this but with no success. It was something that was mocked by his brothers and his childhood peers much to Faustus’ shame and fury. He carries that bitterness around still and is quickly roused to anger if it is ever mentioned or – Gods forbid – mocked.

He began a ten year stint as a military tribune at the age of 17. His time was spent in the eastern legions between 37CE and 476E. As a rich, privileged junior officer, he spent as little time as possible doing any actual military work and instead used his family’s connections to get “lax” treatment, allowing him a fine amount of time to travel and sightsee in the eastern provinces.

He returned to Rome in 46CE and, within weeks, was married to a woman of his father’s choosing from an equally distinguished senatorial family. Their union was happy if somewhat dull but resulted in the birth of three living children, the last of which, a daughter, was responsible for his wife’s death. He married again quickly thereafter and this union produced more offspring before lightning struck twice and his second wife similarly died in childbirth. He has currently married again to a woman who is much his junior in age. Hardly a scandal but something which raises wry smiles. His current wife is a manipulative shrew and knows how to play on his docile nature with women to extract from him money and suchlike to get her way.

Returning to his wider career, he was appointed Quaestor in 55CE. He was appointed to the staff of the Proconsul of Africa and spent the next two years there as the Proconsul’s deputy and head of his administration. In 61CE he was appointed to the position of Curule Aedile, with responsibility for maintaining the public temples of Rome. His inaugural games, required of him and his fellow intake of aediles, was a notable affair on account of the exotic wildlife he was able to bring over from Africa through his contacts there. Unfortunately, due to the expense lavished on his inaugural games, he had too few funds left over to make any substantial mark on the buildings of Rome during his tenure.

In 65CE he was appointed one of that year’s intake of Praetors. He held the position of Praetor Preregrinus, the judicial official responsible for hearing cases involving one or more non-Roman citizens. His tenure was marked by his particularly harsh treatment of Nazarene sectarians. This drew quite some negative publicity at the time due to the government’s ambiguous position on this new cult.

He has yet to be made consul and harbours great ambitions for this – mostly on account of the fact that he believes it is his birth-right to do so. However, his attempts to curry sufficient favour to win this so far has not been successful. Perhaps this is due to the harsh treatment he doled out in his praetorship? It angers and frustrates him that he has now missed getting his consulship “in his year.” Whilst he lobbies to get this and advance his career further, he has plenty to do in trying to forward the careers of his numerous sons and nephews. He needs to suitably marry off his daughters but, by nature, he is very doting to the women in his life and refuses to push them in any direction.  



Lauren | GMT | OM/Discord


PS. I appreciate this will bring me to x5 characters but I intend to drop Aelia at the next activity check.


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