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Claudius

(9,783 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Will, Wolfgang (Bonn) | Kierdorf, Wilhelm (Köln) | Eck, Werner (Köln) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Et al.
Name eines röm. Geschlechtes (sabinisch Clausus, volkssprachliche Nebenform Clodius , bes. im 1. Jh.v.Chr.). Die Claudii sind zu Beginn der Republik 504 v.Chr. angeblich aus der Sabinerstadt Regillum unter ihrem Ahnherrn Att(i)us Clausus (Appius) in Rom eingewandert und sofort in den Kreis der patrizischen Geschlechter aufgenommen worden (Liv. 2,16,4-6), weshalb den frühen Angehörigen die erfundenen Beinamen Inregillensis C. [I 5-6] und Sabinus C. [I 31-32] beigelegt wurden [1. 155f.]. Das Praenomen Appius wurde kennzeichnend für die Familie. Die nach ihr benannte…

Aemilianus

(272 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
(Aimilianus). Cognomen, durch das nach Adoption der urspr. Gentilname gekennzeichnet wird, in rep. Zeit zuerst angenommen vom Vater des C. Livius Drusus (cos. 147 v. Chr.), dann von P. Cornelius Scipio Africanus (cos. I 147) und seinem Bruder Q. Fabius Maximus (cos. 145). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [English version] [1] Imp. Caes. M. Aemilius Ae. Aug. 253 n. Chr. afrikanischer Herkunft (Zon. 12,21), “Maure”, auf der Insel Djerba geboren (Aur. Vict. epit. Caes. 31,2). Konsularischer Statthalter in Moesia, von den Soldaten im Juli oder August 253 n. Ch…

Alfen(i)us

(305 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Eck, Werner (Köln) | Giaro, Tomasz (Frankfurt/Main)
[English version] [1] Avitianus, L., Statthalter in der Severerzeit Avitianus, L., praetorischer Statthalter Arabiens und konsularischer Statthalter der Pannonia inferior in der Severerzeit; frater Arvalis (anwesend im Kollegium 218 und 231 n. Chr.). PIR2 A 519. Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) Bibliography Leunissen, 256, 262. [English version] [2] Senecio, L., Statthalter (Anf. 3. Jh. n. Chr.) Senecio, L., Sohn eines gleichnamigen procurator Aug. aus Cuicul in Numidien, legatus Aug. pro praetore in Koilesyrien unter Severus und Statthalter von Britannien zw. 205 und 207. PIR2 A 5…

Aureolus

(89 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[English version] Daker (Synk. p. 717), unter Gallienus Reiterführer (Zos. 1,40; Zon. 12,24; 25). Besiegte 260 n.Chr. den Usurpator Ingenuus in Pannonien (Aur. Vict. Caes. 33,2), 261 den Macrianus (Zon. 12,24; SHA Gall. 2,6). Postumus in Gallien griff er zögernd an, trat wahrscheinlich zu ihm über [1]. Wohl im August oder September 268 zum Augustus in Mailand erhoben, kurz danach von den Soldaten des Claudius [III 2] erschlagen (Zos. 1,41). PIR2 A 1672; PLRE 1, 138. Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) Bibliography 1 A. Alföldi, Studien zur Weltkrise, 1967, 1ff.

Pupienus

(245 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[English version] M. Clodius P. Maximus, Kaiser 238 n. Chr. P. war zu diesem Zeitpunkt laut Zon. 12,17 schon 74 J. alt, was kaum richtig sein kann. Die Angaben über seine Herkunft und Laufbahn in der Historia Augusta sind weitgehend fiktiv; eine Abstammung aus Volaterrae ist wahrscheinlich (CIL IX 5765, vgl. [1. 170 ff.]). P. war consularischer Statthalter einer der germanischen Prov. (Herodian. 8,6,6; 7,8), Proconsul von Asia (ILS 8839; AE 1975, 791), cos. ord. II 234 und praef. urbi (Herodian. 7,10,4; 8,8,4), bevor der Senat ihn unter die XXviri rei publicae curandae wählte, die It.…

Marius

(5,037 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Fündling, Jörg (Bonn) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Eck, Werner (Köln) | Roberts, Michael (Middletown, CT) | Et al.
Osk. Praen. (Egnatius [I 3]). Als röm. Gentilname seit dem 2. Jh.v.Chr. bezeugt. Bedeutendster Angehöriger ist der siebenfache Consul M. [I 1]; der prominente Namensträger der Kaiserzeit aus Spanien M. [II 3] ist wohl Nachkomme von dessen Familienangehörigen. I. Republikanische Zeit [English version] [I 1] M., C. Siebenfacher Consul, Sieger über Iugurtha, die Combern und Teutonen, Gegner Sullas Der siebenfache Consul; Sieger über Iugurtha sowie die Cimbern und Teutonen. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [English version] A. Der politische Aufstieg Geb. ca. 157 v.Chr. bei …

Euodus

(123 words)

Author(s): Eck, Werner (Köln) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[English version] [1] Kaiserlicher Freigelassener unter Tiberius Kaiserlicher Freigelassener, der bei Tiberius in dessen letztem Lebensjahr über großen Einfluß verfügte. PIR2 E 114. Eck, Werner (Köln) [English version] [2] Kaiserlicher Freigelassener, sollte Frau des Clodius töten Kaiserlicher Freigelassener, der im J. 48 die Soldaten kommandierte, die Messalina, die Frau des Claudius, töten sollten. PIR2 E 115. Eck, Werner (Köln) [English version] [3] Kaiserlicher Freigelassener, Erzieher des Caracalla Kaiserlicher Freigelassener, Erzieher des Caracalla; die E…

Constitutio Antoniniana

(174 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[English version] Erlaß des Caracalla (212 n.Chr.), durch den er fast allen Reichsangehörigen das röm. Bürgerrecht erteilte (Cass. Dio 77,9,5; Dig. 1,5,17); vgl. Aur. Vict., Caesares 16,12, der versehentlich diese Maßnahme dem Marcus Aurelius statt M. Aur. Antoninus Caracalla zuschreibt. Ob der viel diskutierte PGiss. 40 I das Edikt beinhaltet, wurde von [1] bezweifelt. Das Problem der im Papyrus offenbar vom Bürgerrecht bzw. von damit verknüpften Rechten bzw. Privilegien ausgeschlossenen [de]diticii wird möglicherweise durch die sog. Tabula Banasitana (AE 1971, 5…

Carus

(313 words)

Author(s): Courtney, Edward (Charlottesville, VA) | Rottler, Christoph (Tübingen) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[English version] [1] Dichterfreund Ovids, um Christi Geburt Dichterfreund Ovids (Pont. 4,13 ist an ihn adressiert; in den Tristien, die die jeweiligen Adressaten verschweigen, ist 3,5 wegen der Ersetzung des Adressatennamens durch das Adjektiv carus in V. 17f. gerade nicht an ihn gerichtet), der ein Epos über Herakles schrieb (Ov. Pont. 4,13,11f.; 4,16,7f.). C. war Lehrer der Kinder des Germanicus (4,13,47f.), und Ovid wünscht, daß C. mit seinem Einfluß auf die Rückholung aus der Verbannung drängen soll. Von seinem Werk ist nichts erhalten. Courtney, Edward (Charlottesville, …

Anullinus

(23 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[English version] Senator, dessen Freigelassener Diokletian gewesen sein soll (Eutr. 9,19,2; Aur. Vict. Caes. 39,1; Zon. 12,31). Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)

Probus

(1,194 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Tinnefeld, Franz (München) | Gutsfeld, Andreas (Münster) | Schmidt, Peter L. (Konstanz)
[English version] [1] Imperator Caesar M. Aurelius Probus Augustus Kaiser Probus Röm. Kaiser 276-282 n. Chr. Geb. am 19.8.232 n. Chr. in Sirmium; Angaben zu seinem Vater in SHA Probus 3,2 und bei [Aur. Vict.] epit. Caes. 37,1 sind wohl fiktiv. P.' Laufbahn bis zu seiner Kaisererhebung im Sommer 276 im Osten (Zos. 1,64) ist unbekannt (in SHA Probus ist er mit dem dux Tenagino P. verwechselt). In seiner gut sechsjährigen Regierungzeit ( cos. I-III 277-279, cos. IV 281, cos. V 282) hatte er erst am Rhein gegen die Alamanni, dann gegen Franci, Burgundiones und Vandali zu kämpfen (Zos. 1,67-68; Got…

Balbinus

(342 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
Röm. Cognomen (ThlL 2,1694f.; [1. 240]). Konsuln mit dem Beinamen B.: L. Saenius B. (? 30 v.Chr.), P. Coelius B. Vibellius Pius (137 n.Chr.), L. Valerius Poblicola B. (256 n.Chr.). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [English version] [1] D.C. (Calvinus) B. = Imperator Caesar D.C. Calvinus B. vom Senat 238 n. Chr. zum Kaiser gewählt Nach Zonaras (12,17, wohl ungenau) 60 Jahre alt im J. 238 n.Chr., als er zusammen mit dem immer vor ihm genannten Pupienus vom Senat zum Kaiser gewählt wurde. Angeblich Nachkomme des Gaditaners Cornelius Balbus (SHA Max. Bal…

Clodius

(2,678 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Will, Wolfgang (Bonn) | Nutton, Vivian (London) | Glock, Andreas (Bremen) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Et al.
Im 1. Jh.v.Chr. volkssprachliche Namensform des Gentilnamens Claudius (C. [I 4] und Clodia), seit spätrepublikanischer Zeit auch eigenständiger Familienname. I. Republikanische Zeit [English version] [I 1] C., C. Praefekt des M. Brutus 43/42 v.Chr. 43/42 v.Chr. Anhänger und Praefekt des M. Brutus; er ermordete den C. Antonius [I 3]. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [English version] [I 2] C., Sex. Handlanger des P. Clodius [I 4] Pulcher, Sex. s. Cloelius [2]. Handlanger des P. Clodius [I 4] Pulcher, Sex. Cloelius [2]. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [English version] [I 3] C. Aesopus …

Capellianus

(63 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[English version] Als praetorischer Statthalter Numidiens im J. 238 n.Chr. (vielleicht identisch mit dem inschr. belegten legatus Augusti pro praetore L. Ovinius Pudens Capella, PIR2 O 189) beseitigte er mit der legio III Augusta den Aufstand der Gordiane (Herodian. 7,9,11; SHA Maximin. 19,20, Gord. 15-16; ILS 8499). PIR2 C 404. Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) Bibliography K.-H. Dietz, Senatus contra principem, 1980, 109ff.

Bassianus

(166 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Bleckmann, Bruno (Straßburg) | Portmann, Werner (Berlin)
[English version] [1] Urspr. Cognomen des Caracalla Urspr. Cognomen des Caracalla. Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) [English version] [2] Urspr. Cognomen des späteren Kaisers M. Aurelius Severus Alexander Urspr. Cognomen des späteren Kaisers M. Aurelius Severus Alexander. Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) [English version] [3] Caesar für Italien um 316 n.Chr. Mit Anastasia [1] verheiratet, wurde er kurz vor dem Krieg mit Licinius (316 n.Chr.) von Constantinus d.Gr. als Caesar für It. designiert, doch von seinem Bruder Senecio zu einer Verschwörung gegen Co…

Aurelius

(2,668 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Will, Wolfgang (Bonn) | Eck, Werner (Köln) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
Verbreiteter plebeischer Gentilname (ThlL 2,1482-87), der in ant. Etym. aus dem Sabinischen hergeführt und über die ältere Form Auselius von sol (Sonne) abgeleitet wurde (Fest. p. 22; daraus die moderne Ableitung aus sabinisch * ausel über etr. usil “Sonnengott”, vgl. [1. 36; 2. 468]). Die Familie gelangte im 1. Pun. Krieg mit Aur. [3] in die Nobiltät und stellt im 2.Jh. v.Chr. in den Zweigen der Cottae, Orestae und Scauri zahlreiche Konsuln. Daher sind auch die Baustufen und die Zuweisung der verschiedenen viae Aureliae aus dem 2.Jh. nicht restlos geklärt [3; 4]. Das spätre…

Capito

(126 words)

Author(s): Walde, Christine (Basel) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
Röm. cognomen; s. auch Ateius, Fonteius. [English version] [1] Rhetor augusteischer Zeit Rhetor der augusteischen Zeit, von Seneca d.Ä. dafür gelobt, daß er die Anforderungen von Deklamationen und von Gerichtsreden im Gegensatz zu Cassius [III 2] Severus hinsichtlich Ton und Ausführung genau zu trennen wußte. Nach Senecas Urteil war er mit seinen besten Reden der Tetrade der großen Deklamatoren Latro, Fuscus, Albucius, Gallio keineswegs unterlegen (contr. 10, pr.12, vgl. 7,2,5; 9,2,9). Vielleicht identisch mit Q. Hostius Capito (CIL XIV 4201). Walde, Christine (Basel) …

Domitianus

(2,122 words)

Author(s): Eck, Werner (Köln) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Portmann, Werner (Berlin) | Markschies, Christoph (Heidelberg)
[English version] [1] Römischer Kaiser, geb. 51 n. Chr. Römischer Kaiser, urspr. Name T. Flavius Domitianus = Imperator Caesar Domitianus Augustus. Eck, Werner (Köln) [English version] A. Bis zum Tod des Titus Geb. am 24. Okt. 51 n.Chr. in Rom; seine Eltern waren T. Flavius Vespasianus und Flavia Domitilla. Seine Kindheit verbrachte D. in Rom; den Vater Vespasianus hat er nicht nach Iudaea begleitet. In der 2. Jahreshälfte 69 während der Herrschaft des Vitellius, als D.' Vater bereits zum Kaiser ausgerufen war, wurde sein Lebe…

Bonosus

(178 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Portmann, Werner (Berlin)
[English version] [1] 280 n.Chr. zum Kaiser erhoben In Köln zusammen mit Proculus im J. 280 n.Chr. zum Kaiser erhoben, bald danach von Probus besiegt (Eutr. 9,17,1; Aur. Vict. Caes. 37,3; [Aur. Vict.] epit. Caes. 37,2). Seine vita in der Historia Augusta (Probus), ist weitgehend fiktiv, keine echten Münzen von ihm sind bekannt. PIR2 B 146; PLRE 1, 163 Nr.1. Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) [English version] [2] Consul 344 n.Chr. Flavius B. war im Jahre 344 n.Chr. Konsul, wurde aber nur im Westen anerkannt und ist hier auch nur bis April/Mai bezeugt. Nach [1] ist er jedo…

Cassius

(4,901 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Eder, Walter (Bochum) | Eck, Werner (Köln) | Giaro, Tomasz (Frankfurt/Main) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Et al.
Name einer plebeischen gens (vgl. Tac. ann. 6,15,1), deren Träger seit der Mitte des 3.Jh. v.Chr. histor. faßbar sind. Wichtigste Familie sind, bes. im 1.Jh. v.Chr., die Cassii Longini. Ein patrizischer C. (um 500 v.Chr., C. I 19) ist singulär. I. Republikanische Zeit [English version] [I 1] C., C. Statthalter von Asia 89-88 v. Chr. Praetor 90 v.Chr. (?), 89-88 Statthalter der Prov. Asia, wobei er mit M'. Aquillius [I 4] den Nikomedes von Bithynien zum Angriff auf Mithradates veranlaßte (MRR 2,34). Er mußte sodann vor dem siegreichen Mithradates na…

Aper

(152 words)

Author(s): Rottler, Christoph (Tübingen) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[German version] [1], M. Homo novus, 1st cent. AD, dialogue partner in Tacitus's Dialogus Lived from about AD 23 until the last quarter of 1st cent. A Roman orator from Gallia (Tac. Dial. 10,2; presumably Tres Galliae [4. 799 f.]), possibly father of Flavius A. (PIR2 F 206). Was probably awarded during the campaign in Britain 43 (Tac. Dial. 17,4) the latus clavus, which for the homo novus opened a career as quaestor, tribune of the people and praetor (7,1). In Tacitus' Dialogus he appears as a dialogue partner, the only source for the famous orator (14,3). Rottler, Christoph (Tübingen) Bibli…

Constitutio Antoniniana

(190 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[German version] Decree of  Caracalla (AD 212), by which he extended Roman citizenship to almost all members of the empire (Cass. Dio 77,9,5; Dig. 1,5,17); cf. Aur. Vict., Caesares 16,12, who mistakenly attributes that action to  Marcus Aurelius instead of M. Aur. Antoninus Caracalla. Whether the much-discussed PGiss. 40 I contained the edict is questioned by [1]. The problem of the [de]diticii, who in the papyrus were apparently excluded from  citizenship or from the rights and privileges that it entailed, is possibly explained by the so-called Tabula Ba…

Ballista

(105 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[German version] Called ‘Callistus’ by Greek authors, because of an orthographical error [1], Praetorian praefect of  Valerianus, then of  Macrianus (SHA Valer. 4,4; SHA Gall. 3,2). After Valerian was taken prisoner, he had the sons of Macrianus proclaimed emperors (SHA Gall. 1,3). As cavalry commander for Macrianus, he triumphed over the Persians (Zon. 12,24). He stayed in the east with Quietus, the younger son of Macrianus, but surrendered Quietus in the battle of Emesa; however, B. was soon killed by Odoenathus (Zon. 12,24; SHA Gall. 3,1f.). PIR2 B 41; PLRE 1, 146. Birley, A. R. (Dü…

Probus

(1,292 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Tinnefeld, Franz (Munich) | Gutsfeld, Andreas (Münster) | Schmidt, Peter L. (Constance)
[German version] [1] Imperator Caesar M. Aurelius Probus Augustus Roman emperor AD 276-282 Roman emperor 276-282 AD. Born on 19 August 232 AD in Sirmium; the information about his father in SHA Probus 3,2 and in [Aur. Vict.] epit. Caes. 37,1 is probably fictitious. P.'s career prior to his elevation to emperor in the East in the summer of 276 (Zos. 1,64) (in SHA Probus he is confused with a dux Tenagino P.) is unknown. During his six-year reign ( cos. I-III 277-279, cos. IV 281, cos. V 282) he fought first on the Rhine against the Alamanni, then against the Franci, Burgundiones an…

Aemilianus

(404 words)

Author(s): Degani, Enzo (Bologna) | Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[No German version] I. Greek Degani, Enzo (Bologna) Bibliography GA 2,1,11 f.; 2,2,13-16. [German version] [I 1] Epigrammatic poet of Nicaea. Author of three interesting epigrams from the ‘Garland’ of Philippus: the astounding lament of a ship that -- having escaped shipwreck -- returns to port ‘with a cargo of corpses’ (Anth. Pal. 9,218), and two descriptions of works of art, the first (Anth. Pal. 7,623) a famous painting by Aristides of Thebes (Plin. HN 35,98), the second (Anth. Pal. 9,756) seems to illustrate …

Bassianus

(184 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Bleckmann, Bruno (Strasbourg) | Portmann, Werner (Berlin)
[German version] [1] Originally the cognomen of  Caracalla Originally the cognomen of  Caracalla. Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) [German version] [2] Originally the cognomen of the future emperor M. Aurelius  Severus Alexander Originally the cognomen of the future emperor M. Aurelius  Severus Alexander. Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) [German version] [3] Caesar for Italy around 316 AD Married to  Anastasia [1], named Caesar for Italy by  Constantinus the Great shortly before the war against Licinus (AD 316), but was then spurred on by his brother Senecio to…

Quintillus

(69 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[German version] Imp. Caes. M. Aurelius Claudius Q. Aug., brother of Claudius [III 2] II Gothicus. After the latter's death in August of AD 270, Q. was proclaimed emperor, but killed after a few weeks by the soldiers in Aquileia (Eutr. 9,12; [Aur. Vict.] Epit. Caes. 34,5; Jer. Chron. p. 222 Helm; Zos. 1,47). Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) Bibliography Kienast 2, 233  PIR2 A 1480  PLRE 1, 759 (no. 1).

Pupienus

(263 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[German version] M. Clodius P. Maximus, emperor in AD 238. According to Zon. 12,17, P. was as old as 74 at this time, but this can hardly be correct. Information on his origin and career in the Historia Augusta is largely fictional; his ancestors were probably from Volaterrae  (CIL IX 5765, cf. [1. 170 ff.]). P. was consular governor of a German province (Hdn. 8,6,6; 7,8), proconsul of Asia (ILS 8839; AE 1975, 791), cos. ord. II in 234 and praef. urbi (Hdn. 7,10,4; 8,8,4) up to the time when the Senate elected him one of the XXviri rei publicae curandae; these decemviri were to protect Italy ag…

Balbinus

(357 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
Roman cognomen (ThlL 2,1694f.; [1. 240]). Consuls with the epithet B.: L. Saenius B. (? 30 BC), P. Coelius B. Vibellius Pius (AD 137), L. Valerius Poblicola B. (AD 256). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [German version] [1] D.C. (Calvinus) B. = Imperator Caesar D.C. Calvinus B. Elected emperor by the Senate in 238 AD According to Zonaras, (12,17, not precise) 60 years old in the year AD 238, when he was elected emperor by the Senate, together with  Pupienus, who is always mentioned before him. Supposed descendant of the Gaditanian Cornelius Balbus (S…

Dexippus

(719 words)

Author(s): Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Nutton, Vivian (London) | Chase, Michael (Victoria, BC)
(Δέξιππος; Déxippos). [German version] [1] Spartan, mercenary leader c. 400 BC Lacedaemonian, 406 BC mercenary leader of Acragas in the war against Carthage in which he played an obscure role. The Syracusans appointed him as the commander in Gela where he refused to support Dionysius I and was then sent back to his homeland (Diod. Sic. 13,85,3f.; 87,4f.; 88,7f.; 93; 96,1). D. is perhaps identical with a perioecus who drew attention to himself in the army of Cyrus the Younger through his wicked machinations and was finally executed by Nicander (Xen. An. 5,1,15; 6,1,32; 6,5ff.). Meier, Misc…

Aurelius

(2,999 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Will, Wolfgang (Bonn) | Eck, Werner (Cologne) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
Widespread plebeian gentilicium (ThlL 2,1482-87), which in ancient etymology is derived from Sabine and was derived via the older form Auselius from sol (sun) (Fest. p. 22; from this the modern derivation from the Sabine * ausel over Etruscan usil ‘Sun god’, cf. [1. 36; 2. 468]). The family attained noble status in the 1st Punic War with Aur. [3] and provides numerous consuls in the 2nd cent. BC from the branches of the Cottae, Orestae and Scauri. This, however, does not completely explain the building stages and assignment of various viae Aureliae in the 2nd cent. [3; 4]. The late R…

Caracalla

(889 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[German version] (Nickname based on his Celtic robe; originally, he was called Bassianus, Cass. Dio 78,9,3) = M. Aurelius Antoninus Caesar (from AD 195, ILS 8805; RIU 3,840) = M. Aurelius Severus Antoninus Augustus (from AD 198, cf. [1]). Born on 4 April AD 188 in Lyons as the eldest son of Septimius Severus and Julia Domna (Cass. Dio 78,6,5; cf. 77,10,2; [Aur. Vict.] Epit. Caes. 21,1; SHA Sept. Sev. 3,9; differing information elsewhere). He accompanied his father to the east from the middle of 19…

Celerinus

(40 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[German version] Prefect of Egypt. In AD 283 after the death of  Carus he turned down the imperial rank offered to him by his soldiers (Claudian. Epithal. Palladii et Celerinae 25,70-82). PIR2 C 635. Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)

Bonosus

(199 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Portmann, Werner (Berlin)
[German version] [1] Appointed emperor in AD 280 Appointed emperor in Cologne, together with Proculus, in AD 280, soon thereafter defeated by  Probus (Eutr. 9,17,1; Aur. Vict. Caes. 37,3; [Aur. Vict.] Epit. Caes. 37,2). His vita in the  Historia Augusta (Probus), is largely fictitious; no genuine coins of his are known. PIR2 B 146; PLRE 1, 163 no.1. Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) [German version] [2] Consul in AD 344 Flavius B. was consul in AD 344 but was acknowledged only in the West and even there he is attested only until April/May. According to [1], however, he …

Eros

(805 words)

Author(s): Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
(Ἔρως; Érōs). [German version] [1] Personification of sexual desire Greek personification of love as sexual desire (Latin Amor, Cupido). Usually, E. is regarded as being the son of  Aphrodite, in whose sphere of influence he represents a central figure.  Ares is named as his father (Simon. fr. 43B). Not mentioned in Homer, E.'s image in archaic poetry is developed into an expression of the complex and contradictory experience of individual love [1]: ‘limb-loosening’ conquerer of gods and men (Hes. Theog.…

Numerianus

(193 words)

Author(s): Franke, Thomas (Bochum) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[German version] [1] Follower of Septimius Severus N. was a schoolteacher in Rome who, as a senator on commission from  Septimius Severus pretended to raise for him an army in Gaul. In fact he achieved considerable success in battle against the troops of  Clodius [II 1] Albinus. N. allegedly seized 70 million sesterces for Severus, after whose victory in AD 97 N. renounced all his privileges and was content with only a small maintenance pension (Cass. Dio 75,5). PIR2 N 198. Franke, Thomas (Bochum) [German version] [2] Imp. Caes. M. Aurelius Numerius N. Augustus 3rd cent. AD emperor Roman e…

Capellianus

(62 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[German version] As praetorian governor of Numidia in AD 238 (perhaps identical with the epigraphically attested legatus Augusti pro praetore L. Ovinius Pudens Capella, PIR2 O 189), with the legio III Augusta, he quelled the revolt in Gordiane (Herodian. 7,9,11; SHA Maximin. 19,20, Gord. 15-16; ILS 8499). PIR2 C 404. Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) Bibliography K.-H. Dietz, Senatus contra principem, 1980, 109ff.

Carus [1]

(428 words)

Author(s): Spickermann, Wolfgang (Bochum) | Courtney, Edward (Charlottesville, VA) | Rottler, Christoph (Tübingen) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
(Κάρος, Κάκυρος; Káros, Kákyros). Celtiberian from Segeda, general of several Iberian tribes and towns that defeated the army of the consul Q.  Fulvius [I 17] Nobilior on 23/ 8/153 BC. The Roman prohibition of building a wall around Segeda caused the confrontation. C. was killed while pursuing the enemy (App. Ib. 45; Diod. Sic. 31,39; Flor. Epit. 1,34 [Megaravicus]).  Hispania Spickermann, Wolfgang (Bochum) [German version] [2] Poet friend of Ovid A poet friend of  Ovid (Pont. 4,13 is addressed to him; 3,5 in the Tristiae, where the identity of the respective addressees is con…

Decius

(1,555 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Strothmann, Meret (Bochum)
Plebeian nomen gentile, documented in the literary tradition since the 5th cent.; the most important family were the Decii Mures (D. [I 1-3]), possibly from Campania [1], whose self-sacrifice (partly unhistorical) in battle made them much quoted examples in the tradition. I. Republican period [German version] [I 1] D. Mus, P. (Origin of the cognomen not known), in 352 BC, committee member dealing with a debt crisis in Rome (Liv. 7,21,6); as war tribune in 343, he is said to have saved the army of the consul A. Cornelius [I 22] Cossus Arvina from…

Dacicus

(114 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[German version] The victor's name D. was not assumed by Domitian, contrary to the report at Mart. 8 pr. Trajan was officially called D. only after 102; in 236 Maximinus assumed the name D. Maximus for himself and his son Maximus. In the case of later emperors the title was probably unofficial: Decius (D. maximus from 250, but only on Spanish milestones), Gallienus (D. max. only in ILS 552, from 257), Aurelian [3] (ILS 581, from 275). Constantine [1] I named himself D. Maximus in 336 (AE 1934, 158…

Carausius

(207 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[German version] M. Aurelius Maus(aeus?), AD 286-293.A Menapian by birth, and by profession a former helmsman, C. excelled himself in the Bagaudian War under  Maximianus. Subsequently, as commander of a fleet based in Bononia (Boulogne-sur-Mer), he was given the task of fighting the piratical Franks and Saxons. Based on suspicions that he had withheld war booty, the order was given to kill C.; in consequence, C. had himself proclaimed emperor in 286, and assumed the rule of Britannia. He was also …

Severus

(1,402 words)

Author(s): Baltes, Matthias (Münster) | Holzhausen, Jens (Bamberg) | Brock, Sebastian P. (Oxford) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Portmann, Werner (Berlin) | Et al.
[German version] I Greek (Σευῆρος; Seuêros). [German version] [1] Platonist, 2nd cent.? Platonist, probably 2nd cent. AD. He wrote a monograph On the soul [1. 80, 299; 2. 409-13, 428 f., 435 f.] and a commentary on Plato’s Timaeus [1. 52, 217 f.; 2. 407-9]. He appears in these works to be an original-minded, somewhat stoicizing interpreter of Aristotle’s doctrine of categories [1. 259; 2. 413 f.; 3. 66, 288 f.], and of Plato’s theories of the soul [1. 299; 3. 56, 278 f.] and of the origin of the world [4. 116-18, 417-21]. His works …

Albinus

(861 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Baltes, Matthias (Münster) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Zanoncelli, Luisa (Milan)
Cognomen of the Clodii, Decii, Iunii, Lucceii, Mummii, Pescennii, Postumii (fictitious name in Mart. 4,37,2). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [German version] [3] Of Smyrna. Platonic philosopher of the 2nd cent. AD (Ἀλβῖνος; Albînos) of Smyrna. Platonic philosopher of the 2nd cent. AD, who was counted among the ‘top Platonists’ by Proclus [2. 18; see 2. 20]. A student of the Platonist  Gaius, he taught in Smyrna in AD 150, where he was heard by the physician Galen (Gal., Scripta minora 2,97,8 ff. Mueller). A. wrote commentaries on Plato's Timaeus, ‘Republic’ and Phaedo [2. 18, 50, 15…

Marius

(5,642 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Fündling, Jörg (Bonn) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Eck, Werner (Cologne) | Roberts, Michael (Middletown, CT) | Et al.
Oscan praenomen ( Egnatius [I 3]). Attested as a Roman nomen gentile from the 2nd cent. BC. The most important holder is the seven-time consul M. [I 1]; the prominent Imperial-period Spanish bearer of the name, M. [II 3], is probably a descendant of family members of that Marius. I. Republican Period [German version] [I 1] M., C. Seven-time consul, victor over Jugurtha and over the Cimbri and Teutoni, opponent of Sulla The seven-time consul; victor over Jugurtha and over the Cimbri and Teutoni. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [German version] A. The rise to political prominence Born c. 157 BC…

Alfen(i)us

(329 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Eck, Werner (Cologne) | Giaro, Tomasz (Frankfurt/Main)
[German version] [1] Avitianus, L., governor under the Severi Avitianus, L., praetoric governor of Arabia and consularian governor of Pannonia inferior in the time of the Severi; frater Arvalis (present in the collegium AD 218 and AD 231). PIR2 A 519. Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) Bibliography Leunissen, 256, 262. [German version] [2] Senecio, L., governor (beginning of the 3rd cent. AD) Senecio, L., son of a procurator Aug. by the same name, from Cuicul in Numidia, legatus Aug. pro praetore in Coele Syria under Severus, and governor of Britannia between 205 and 207. PIR2 A 521. Birley, A. R.…

Censorinus

(469 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Portmann, Werner (Berlin) | Sallmann, Klaus (Mainz)
[German version] [1] One of the 30 tyrants Character invented by the author of   Historia Augusta ; one of the so-called 30 tyrants, supposedly usurper under Claudius Gothicus, he was killed after seven days. For vita, SHA Tyr. Trig. 31,12; 32,8-33,6. PIR2 C 656. Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) Bibliography K.-P. Johne, Kaiserbiographie und Senatsaristokratie, 1976, 122-28. [German version] [2] Caelius C., C. High official, 4th cent. AD High official of the time of  Constantinus the Great. He is known only from an inscription from Campania (ILS 1216), where the offi…

Esuvius

(360 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[German version] [1] Imperator Caesar C. Pius E. Tetricus Augustus Augustus in Gaul and Britannia AD 271-274 He came from a noble (Aur. Vict. Caes. 33,14), certainly (because of the name E.) Gallic family and, even before his elevation to Augustus, was senator and governor of Aquitania, when Victorinus ruled over the rebel Gallic empire (Eutr. 9,10). After Victorinus was murdered, he was proclaimed emperor by the military, probably in the spring of AD 271, and clothed in the purple in Bordeaux (Eutr. ibid.; [Aur…

Elagabalus

(1,151 words)

Author(s): Niehr, Herbert (Tübingen) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[German version] [1] Name of a deity Name of a deity, based on its earliest attestation (Palmyrene stele of Nazala, 1st cent. AD), it can be etymologically derived from lhbl (Hdn. 5,3,4: Elaiagabalos). Since lh is present in the status emphaticus, E. must be read as the ‘God Mountain’ [8. 503f.]. The image on the stele also speaks for this [1. 707]. The mountain signifies the citadel mountain of  Emesa (Ḥimṣ) with the temple of E. [6. 257f.; 8. 509f.], which is indicated in ancient descriptions (Avien. Descriptio orbis 1083-1093) …

Aiacius

(51 words)

Author(s): Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf)
[German version] A. Modestus Crescentianus, Q. Participated as XV vir sacris faciundis in AD 204 in the ludi saeculares; he was praetorian imperial legate in Arabia. Cos. suff., legate of Germania superior in 209 and cos. II ord. in 228. PIR2 A 470. Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) Bibliography Eck, 81-82.

Cassius

(5,432 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Eder, Walter (Berlin) | Eck, Werner (Cologne) | Giaro, Tomasz (Frankfurt/Main) | Birley, A. R. (Düsseldorf) | Et al.
Name of a plebeian gens (cf. Tac. Ann. 6,15,1), the representatives of whom have been known historically since the middle of the 3rd cent. BC. The most important family, especially in the 1st cent. BC, are the Cassii Longini. A patrician C. (around 500 BC, C. I 19) is rare. I. Republican age [German version] [I 1] C., C. Governor of Asia 89-88 BC Praetor 90 BC (?), in 89-88 governor of the province of Asia whence he, with M'. Aquillius [I 4], induced Nicomedes of Bithynia to attack  Mithridates (MRR 2,34). He then had to retreat from the victorious Mithridat…
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