Lepidus, the son of L. Aemilius Paullus [No. 22] and Julia, the granddaughter of Augustus.
He was consequently the great-grandson of Augustus.
He was one of the minions of the emperor Caligula, with whom he had the most shameful connection. So great a favourite was he with Caligula, that the latter allowed him to hold the public offices of the state five years before the legal age, and promised him to make him his successor in the empire.
He moreover gave him in marriage his favourite sister Drusilla [DRUSILLA, No. 2], and allowed him to have intercourse with his other sisters, Agrippina and Livilla.
But, notwithstanding all these marks of favour, Caligula put him to death, A. D. 39, on the pretext of his conspiring against him. (D. C. 59.11
; Suet. Cal. 24
; comp. Tac. Ann. 14.2