Titus Statilius Taurus
was a Roman general and politician. He was a consul suffectus
in 37 BC
. In the war against Sextus Pompey
he fought in Sicily and commanded a fleet sent by Marc Antony
's aid. After Pompey was driven from Sicily, Taurus crossed the sea to Africa Province
, which he secured without any difficulty and for which he was awarded a triumph in 34 BC
In 34 BC he accompanied Octavian to Dalmatia, and after Octavian's return to Rome, Taurus remained in command of the troops stationed there. When war with Marc Antony and Cleopatra VII broke out, Taurus choose Octavian's side and in the Battle of Actium he was in command of the land force drawn up on the shore. In 29 BC he fought in Spain were he defeated the Cantabrians, Vaccaei and Astures. He was again made consul in 26 BC. In 16 BC when Augustus left Italy for Gaul he left Taurus in Rome as praefectus urbi.
He was responsible for the construction of the Amphitheater of Statilius Taurus in 29 BC.
References and Citations
- Appian, B. C. v. 5, 27, 97—99, 103, 109, 118
- Dion Cass. xlix. 14, 38, li. 20, liii. 23, liv. 9
- Tacitus, Annales. vi. 11