One of the most important figures of the time of the Roman Empire was Marcus Cornelius Nigrinus, a Roman politician and military man and candidate for the imperial throne born in Edeta (current Liria, Valencia) in the 1st century.
Nigrinus achieved cursus honorum under the reigns of Vespasian, Titus, Domitian, and Nerva. Besides, He was suffect consul in the year 83 along with Sextus Carminius Vétere, according to Wikipedia.
His family, of indigenous origin, possibly received the name Cornelius and citizenship in the time of Emperor Augustus during the legal promotion of his city to the status of Municipium Civium Romanorum.
His father, Marcus Cornelio Nigrino, would have married Curiacia Materna, which well she could have been the sister of the speaker Curiacio Materno and consequently, it would be the fruit of an alliance between an indigenous family from Tarragona and a family from Bética of Italian origin.
His fortune was based on the ownership of a mining operation and a glass factory in Segóbriga (Saelices, Cuenca, Spain) and was large enough to be a member of the Ordo equester (equestrian order), so after a brief decurional career in his municipality, He was appointed military tribune of the Legio XIV Gemina Martia Victrix destined for Britain and then the Danube between the years 63 and 69.
After serving on the Danube border, He was benefited from the adlectio inter praetorios, a privilege granted by Vespasian, which meant becoming a senator of Rome.
After this he was legate of the Legio VIII Augusta in Argentorate (Strasbourg) in Germania Superior, and later governor in the province of Gaul Aquitaine.
With a consolidated military career, he returned to Rome to be appointed between October and December of the year 83 suffect consul. In the year 84, he assumed the government of Moesia, where he received the dona militaria for his active participation in the war against the Dacians during Domitian’s Dacian War, being between 86-89 governor of Moesia Inferior and head of the Legio V Macedonia.
At the end of his reign, Domitian placed “trustworthy men” at the head of the most important provinces; Thus, Nigrinus, between 95 and 97, held the position of governor in Syria. A text is preserved indicating that He was governor of Syria; It is dated because it states that it was the twelfth time that Domitian obtained the tribunicia potestas and the emperor granted it to him on the anniversary of his accession to the throne, August 10, 93.