Created: 21st September 2013
Update:  9th February 2017
Status Republic: Patrician: X   Pleb. Nobilis:       Senatorial:      Eques Romanus:      Local magistrates  
Republican Family / Cognomen
Patrician Dolabella
Pleb. Nobilis n/a
Senatorial n/a
Equestrian n/a
Local magistrat. n/a
Imperial Family / Cognomen
Imperators n/a
Consular Dolabella
Senatorial n/a
Equestrian n/a
Local magistrat. n/a
Republican Consuls, Tribunes with consular power, Dictators, Magister Equitum, Censors 5
Imperial Consuls and Emperors (Augusti and Caesars) 4 incl. 0 emperors
Notes: Cognomen Dolabella means "hatchet", possibly the cos 283 BC received this for his victory over the Gauls and belongs to one of the other known Patrician Cornelii.
Badian, E.: "The Dolabellae of the Republic", in Papers of the British School at Rome, Vol. 33 (1965), pp. 48-51, with stemma (followed below) on p.51
Cebeillac: Quaestores Principis (1972) p.111-113 (Ser.Cornelius Dolabella etc cos suff 113)
Fitz: Pannonien (1995) p.76-79 (§16 P.Cornelius Dolabella cos 10 AD)
Gruen, Erich S.: "The Dolabellae and Sulla", in The American Journal of Philology, Vol. 87, 1966, pp. 385-399
Jagenteufel: Dalmatia (1958) p.11-17 (§3 P.Cornelius Dolabella cos 10 AD))
PIR2 vol. C with stemma p.318
Rüpke: Fasti Sacerdotum p.634-635 (§1322-§1328 on the priestly Dolabellae, comments used below)
Salomies, Olli: "Zu den Fasti consulares von Tauromenium", in ZPE Bd. 86 (1991), pp.187-192 discusses that the cos suff of 35 BC was a P.Dolabella not a P.Scipio.
Shackleton Bailey, D.R.: "Two Studies in Roman Nomenclature", in American Classical Studies Number 3, The American Philological Association 1976, p.29-32 + 72
on possible adoptive father of cos 44 BC: candidates are Cn.Cornelius Lentulus Vatia (RE241) and P.Cornelius Lentulus Marcellinus q 48 (RE232)
Tansey, Patrick: "The Perils of Prosopography: The Case of the Cornelii Dolabellae", Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 130 (2000) 265–271
Argues that the imperial Dolabellae descend from the cos 35BC, since cos 44BC was Plebeian by adoption. However cos 44's eldest son was born prior to 48 and 
could have been manumitted prior to adrogatio and thus kept his Patrican status, or 44's descendents could have been adlected into Patriciate as were many
plebeian nobilis families. He also suggests that the cos 35BC was the son of the pr 69, and the cos 44 had another father.
Thomasson: Fasti Africani (1996) p.30-31 (P.Cornelius Dolabella cos 10 AD)
Vogel-Weidemann: Statthalter (1982) p.85-92 (P.Cornelius Dolabella cos 10 AD)
Changes 15.9.2013 minor additions.
21.9.2013 comment on Tansey added.
09.02.2017 New header plus many updates
P. (or Cn.)  Cornelius Dolabella
cos 283 triumph
envoy to Pyrrhus 280
P. by Cassiodorus, Cn. by Eutropius
(Cornelius Dolabella)  
Cn.Cornelius Dolabella 
Cn.Cornelius Cn.f. Dolabella     (Cornelius Dolabella)
monet 211/209 rex sacr 208
† 180
RE132 RE137
Cn.Cornelius Cn.f.Cn.n. Dolabella L.Cornelius Dolabella
cur aed 165 pr c.162 cos 159 II vir nav 180-178
failed to succeed Cn.Cornelius Dolabella as rex sacr 180
or younger son of RE131
(Cn.Cornelius Dolabella) P.Cornelius L.f. Dolabella
RE133 RE138 RE134
Cn.Cornelius Dolabella  L.Cornelius P.f.L.n. Dolabella     Cn.Cornelius P.f.(L.n.) Dolabella
† 100 killed in riots pr Hisp Ult c.100  procos 99-98 tr pl 89 leg 83-82 cos 81
cousin or halfbrother of  triumph 98 procos Macedonia 80-77
L.Appuleius Saturninus tr pl 103 100 triumph 77 acquitted de repetundis 77
RE135 RE140 RE22a
Cn.Cornelius (Cn.f.Cn.n.) Dolabella P.Cornelius Dolabella  Cornelius Lentulus Cn.Cornelius Cn.f.
pr 81 propr Cilicia 80-79 pr urb 69 plebeian tribus Palatina
convicted de repetundis and exiled 78 propr Asia 68 see Shackleton Bailey above tr mil on Cn.Pompeius Strabo's consilium 89
? = Cn.Cornelius tr mil 89 (RE22a) adopted 48 ? = RE135. A Lentulus or a Blaesio also possible.
?? RE141  
(Cornelius Dolabella) P.Cornelius P.f. Dolabella (Lentulus)
* 69 (Appian says aged 25 in 44,  probably incorrectly), guesss * 79-74?
XV vir sf 51 leg (?) 49-48 tr pl 47 leg (?) 45 cos suf 44 
VII vir agr divid 44 procos Syria 44-43 † 43 suicide
Was also adopted by an unknown Livia.
1 ~ (div 50) Fabia,  2 ~ (div 46) Tullia, dt of
far older. (RE173) M.Tullius Cicero cos 63
  1   2 2
not in RE C1345 RE130 RE142 RE172a
P.Cornelius Dolabella P.Cornelius Dolabella               filius (Cornelius) Lentulus
cos suff 35 BC in Alexandria as comes of Octavian 30 *† 49 * Jan 45
or grd.son cos 81 ? = P.Cornelius P.f.Dolabella, pr, honored Athens (RE142) † after March 45
? = Dolabella legatus after 27 BC (16/13 BC)
~ Quinctilia, sister of
P.Quinctilius Varus cos 13
C1349 C1348 RE143
P.Cornelius Dolabella P.Cornelius P.f.P.n. Dolabella
spoke in senate 47 pr, cos ord 10 AD 
either = C1348 (aged c.70) leg pro pr  Illyricum Sup (= Dalmatia) 14-20
or less likely C1347 IIII vir quinq at Salonae in Dalmatia
procos Africa 23-24 ment as prosecutor 27
VII vir epulo after 6 BC, sodalis Titii
or son of cos 35 BC
?~ Sulpicia Galbilla (FOS742) dt of C. Sulpicius Galba cos 22
C1347 C1346 RE136 C1487 RE435 FOS283
P.Cornelius Dolabella     (Cornelia) Dollabellina
not Cnaeus, Salius 38 (C1346) ment on funeral inscription
cos suff 55 of libertus
son of niece to Imp GALBA
~ Petronia P.f. (1 ~ VITELLIUS Imp 69)
sister ? of P.Petronius Turpilianus cos 61
C1351 RE147
Ser.Cornelius Dolabella Petronianus
cos ord 86 † post 105
senior pont or flamen Quirinalis 101/102
1~ (Metilia FOS544 ?), ? sister 2~ (Verania FOS787)
of P.Metilius Nepos cos suff 91
C1350 RE145 RE146   C1352 RE148
Ser.Cornelius Ser.f.P.n.P.pron.P.abn. Dolabella [Cornelius Dola]bella Veranianus
Metilianus Pompeius Marcellus camillus with the arvals 105
salius Palatinus, monet, q Aug c.101/103
sevir equitum Romanorum turmae III,
pr, cos suff 113, flamen Quirinalis
patron Corfinium, no descendents
 ~ Iulia Agrippina (FOS429)
dt of Iulius Paullus, praetorius, of Pisidia
UNCERTAIN DATE                                                    
(Cornelius) Dolabella
legatus Tarraconensis