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Asterius Turcius Rufus
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Turcius Rufius Apronianus Asterius (consul in 494 CE) was one of the Roman elites of late antiquity whose names appear in subscriptions to manuscripts of Latin authors such as Apuleius, Caesar, Cicero, Fronto, Horace, and Livy. The name of this scion of the famous 4th-century CE Turcii Aproniani is found in a subscription to the Codex Mediceus, containing the works of Virgil (Florence, Biblioteca Laurenziana, MS Laur. 39.1, f. 8r; following the Eclogues, possibly an autograph). Asterius declares that he “read and punctuated the codex” (l…

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Springer, Carl, “Asterius Turcius Rufus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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