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Of Spanish stock, Nummius Aemilianus Dexter (fl. 395 CE) was the son of Pacianus, bishop of Barcelona. Since his father became bishop in the 360s CE, Dexter was probably born before that date. He surfaces in our records as proconsul of Asia after 379 CE and is presumed to have been promoted in the wake of the accession of Theodosius I (379 CE), also of Spanish descent. If the statue erected by the province of Asia in his hometown of Barcelona (CIL, vol. II, 4512 = Fabre, Mayer & Roda, 1997, vol. IV, 36; see mo…

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Van Hoof, Lieve, “Dexter”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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