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Pelagius

(849 words)

Author(s): Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover) | Tinnefeld, Franz (Munich) | Wermelinger, Otto (Fribourg)
(Πελάγιος; Pelágios). [German version] [1] Schoolfellow and friend of Libanius, high-ranking official Fellow student and friend of Libanius, in AD 357; represented his home city Cyrrhus (in Euphratensis) before Constantius [2] II in Italy; in about 382 he was consularis Syriae; he died in 393, a non-Christian (it is to him that Lib. Epist. 1325 and 1334 are addressed). PLRE 1, 686 (P. 1). Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover) [German version] [2] Epic poet and historian, 5th cent. Silentiarius ( Silentiarii ), distinguished epic poet and probably also historian…

Anicius

(1,157 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Eck, Werner (Cologne) | Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover)
Name of a family that came from Praeneste, which is documented there already in the Republican era. An Anician achieved the consulate in 160 BC (see [I 4]), but otherwise the tribe does not distinguish itself again in the Republic. In the imperial era, however, the gens blossomed; from the post-Diocletian era until the 4th cent. AD as an urban Roman family, and then, continued by the members of the female line, emerged as Christian aristocracy of great significance in the 5th cent [1]. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) I. Republican era [German version] [I 1] A., C. Senator (middle of the …

Anthemius

(604 words)

Author(s): Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover) | Johne, Klaus-Peter (Berlin) | Folkerts, Menso (Munich)
[German version] [1] Praefectus praetorio Orientis 405-414 AD Probably sent to Persia as an envoy in AD 383, comes sacrarum larg. (eastern region) in AD 400; magister officiorum (eastern region) at the latest in AD 404, cos. 405; at the latest from AD 406 patricius. A. gained considerable political influence in his role as praefectus praetorio Orientis from AD 405-414, initially under Arcadius, later under the underage Theodosius II. He was a Christian, but looked upon pagan culture with an open mind [1. 82 f.]. Through the building of walls, he took…

Anatolius

(262 words)

Author(s): Portmann, Werner (Berlin) | Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover) | Giaro, Tomasz (Frankfurt/Main)
[German version] [1] Praefectus praetorio for Illyria, AD 356-360 Lawyer from Berytus. The recipient of many letters from  Libanius. From AD 356/7 until his death (360) he was praefectus praetorio for Illyria. Prior to that he was consularis Syriae (possibly 349), vicarius Asiae (352) and procos. urbis Constantinopolitanae (354). 355 he declined appointment to the position of praefectus urbi Romae (Lib. Ep. 391). He is perhaps identical with the agrarian writer Vindonius Anatolius. Portmann, Werner (Berlin) [German version] [2] Mag. utriusque mil. praesentalis, after AD 447 AD 433…

Constantius

(1,565 words)

Author(s): Bleckmann, Bruno (Strasbourg) | Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover) | Berschin, Walter (Heidelberg)
[German version] [1] C. I, Flavius Valerius C., C. Chlorus, Roman Emperor (Augustus) AD 305-306 or M., Caesar (293-305) and Augustus (305-306), in later times nicknamed Chlorus; born c. 250 in what would become Dacia Ripensis. On the staff of the Illyrian soldier emperors, first protector, then tribunus. Under the rule of  Carinus attained equestrian rank as praeses Dalmatiarum (Anon. Vales. 1; SHA Car. 17,6). It seems likely that even before 293 (thus Aur. Vict. Caes. 39,24; Eutr. 9,22,1), and in fact before 289, when he was praefectus praetorio to  Maximianus, he had to divorce h…

Caesarius

(708 words)

Author(s): Portmann, Werner (Berlin) | Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover) | Uthemann, Karl-Heinz (Amsterdam)
[German version] [1] Official, 4th cent. AD Hailing from Cilicia, C. was educated in Antioch (Lib. Ep. 1399). He was a brother of  Alypius (Jul. Ep. 9-10). In AD 362-363, he was possibly vicarius Asiae (Lib. Ep. 764; 1384). After the death of  Iulianus, he became comes rerum privatarum (Cod. Theod. 10,1,8) and gained great influence at the court of Valens (Lib. Ep. 1449; 1456). As praef. urbis Constantinopolitanae, C. was taken prisoner by the usurper Procopius in 365 (Amm. Marc. 26,7,4; Zos. 4,6,2) and possibly executed (Them. Or.7,92c). He was the recipient of…

Aelia

(294 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Eck, Werner (Cologne) | Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover)
[German version] [1] Second wife of Sulla Second wife of Sulla (Plut. Sull. 6,20). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [German version] [2] Galla Wife of one Postumus (Augustan period) Wife of one Postumus = ? C. Propertius Postumus, Prop. 3,12,38; related to members of the senatorial Aelii of the Augustan period [1; 2]. Eck, Werner (Cologne) [German version] [3] Paetina, second wife of  Claudius Ae. Paetina. Probably daughter of Sex. Aelius Catus; second wife of  Claudius, who separated from her (Suet. Claud. 26,2). They had a daughter  Antonia [5].  Narcissus …

Nepos

(785 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Eigler, Ulrich (Zürich) | Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover)
[German version] [1] Roman cognomen, epithet of Q. Caecilius Metellus N. and his son Roman cognomen (‘grandson’) to distinguish a boy from his father and grandfather of the same name. Epithet of Q. Caecilius [I 28] Metellus N. and his homonymous son [I 29]. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) Bibliography Kajanto, Cognomina, 79; 304. [German version] [2] Cornelius N. Biographer and historian, 1st cent. BC ( c. 100-24 BC) represents the dynamic of intellectual culture in Rome during the 1st cent. BC. He hailed from the Transpadana region and was an equestrian. N. …

Constans

(591 words)

Author(s): Bleckmann, Bruno (Strasbourg) | Tinnefeld, Franz (Munich) | Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover)
[German version] [1] Flavius Iulius C. Roman Emperor (Augustus), 337-350 AD Roman Emperor, born c. 320 AD, the youngest son of Constantine [1] and Fausta, elevated to Caesar on 25 December 333 and at about the same time betrothed to Olympias, the daughter of  Ablabius [1]. From 9 September 337 Augustus. At a meeting of the brothers in Pannonia (Julian Or. 1,19a) C. received Italy, Illyricum and Africa (Zon. 13,5). He refused to acknowledge the guardianship of his eldest brother Constantine [2] II [1]. Constan…

Asterius

(429 words)

Author(s): Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH) | Seibt, Klaus (Leonberg) | Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover)
(Ἀστέριος; Astérios). [German version] [1] Cretan epiclesis of Zeus A Cretan epiclesis of Zeus, attested to only in the Byzantine writers; it arose through euhemeristic interpretation of the myth of Asterion [1]. In contrast to this view, evolutionist interpretations regarded him the origin of that hero. Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH) Bibliography H. Schwabl, s.v. Zeus I, RE 10 A, 281. [German version] [2] Sophis from Cappadocia Sophist from Cappadocia, belonged to the circle of students of Lucianus of Antioch (martyr AD 312) from whom came the spokesmen for the …

Eudocia

(467 words)

Author(s): Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover) | Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Strothmann, Meret (Bochum)
(Εὐδοκία; Eudokía). [German version] [1] Aelia Eudocia. Original name Athenais. Came from a traditional background in Athens (her father was the rhetor Leontius) and had an excellent education. Allegedly at the instigation of  Pulcheria, she married  Theodosius II on 7 June 421; she was baptized for this purpose and given the name Aelia E. She was considered pious and increasingly exerted an influence on her husband, pushing aside Pulcheria. In 422 she gave birth to  Eudoxia [2] and before 431 to Flacc…

Constantius

(1,438 words)

Author(s): Bleckmann, Bruno (Straßburg) | Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover) | Berschin, Walter (Heidelberg)
[English version] [1] C.I., Flavius Valerius C., C. Chlorus, Röm. Kaiser (Augustus) (305-306 n. Chr.) oder M., Caesar (293-305) und Augustus (305-306), in später Tradition mit Beinamen Chlorus versehen, * um 250 in der späteren Dacia Ripensis. Im Stab der illyr. Soldatenkaiser zunächst protector, dann tribunus. Während der Herrschaft des Carinus ritterlicher praeses Dalmatiarum (Anon. Vales. 1; SHA Car. 17,6). Vermutlich mußte er nicht erst 293 (so Aur. Vict. Caes. 39,24; Eutr. 9,22,1), sondern schon vor 289 als praef. praet. des Maximianus seine erste Frau Helena verstoße…

Asterios/-us

(375 words)

Author(s): Graf, Fritz (Princeton) | Seibt, Klaus (Leonberg) | Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover)
(Ἀστέριος). [English version] [1] Epiklese des Zeus auf Kreta Nur bei byz. Schriftstellern belegte Epiklese des Zeus auf Kreta; entstanden durch euhemeristische Deutung des Mythos von Asterion [1]. Evolutionistische Deutungen verstanden ihn umgekehrt als Ursprung dieses Heroen. Graf, Fritz (Princeton) Bibliography H. Schwabl, s.v. Zeus I, RE 10 A, 281. [English version] [2] Sophist aus Kappadokien Sophist aus Kappadokien, gehörte zum Schülerkreis des Lukianos von Antiocheia (Märtyrer 312 n.Chr.), aus dem die Wortführer der ersten Phase des arianische…

Eucherius

(301 words)

Author(s): Portmann, Werner (Berlin) | Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover) | Berschin, Walter (Heidelberg)
[English version] [1] Onkel des Kaisers Theodosius I. Flavius E. war ein Onkel des Kaisers Theodosius I. (Them. or. 16,203d). Er ist evtl. identisch mit dem comes sacrarum largitionum von 377-379 n.Chr. (Cod. Theod. 1,32,3; 10,20,9). 381 war er consul (Them. ebd.). Er lebte noch 395 (Zos. 5,2,3). PLRE 1, 288 E. (2). Portmann, Werner (Berlin) [English version] [2] Sohn des Stilicho, um 390 n. Chr. Flavius E., Sohn des Stilicho und Serenas, * 389 n.Chr. in Rom, lebte zunächst in Konstantinopel, dann am Hofe des Honorius, wo er tribunus et notarius wurde. Im J. 400 mit Galla [3] Placidi…

Marcus

(2,399 words)

Author(s): Rix, Helmut (Freiburg) | Eck, Werner (Köln) | Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover)
Eines der häufigsten röm. Praenomina, wohl auch im Umbrischen (Abkürzung Ma.) und gelegentlich im Etr. ( Marce) gebraucht; Sigle: M.; griech. in republikanischer Zeit Μααρκος, später Μάρκος. Der Name ist vom Götternamen Mars (Gen. Martis) abgeleitet und wurde wohl gerne für im März Geborene verwendet. Zum Evangelisten Markos. Mamercus Rix, Helmut (Freiburg) [English version] [1] der Evangelist Markos [1] Der Evangelist Markos [1]. Eck, Werner (Köln) [English version] [2] Marcus Aurelius röm. Kaiser 161-180 und Philosoph Röm. Kaiser 161-180 n.Chr. Eck, Werner (Köln) …

Marinianus

(187 words)

Author(s): Giaro, Tomasz (Frankfurt/Main) | Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover) | Franke, Thomas (Bochum)
[English version] [1] Jurist, Rechtslehrer in Rom, 4. Jh. Jurist aus Galatien in Kleinasien, gehörte dem Kreis um Symmachus an, war Rechtslehrer in Rom (Symm. epist. 3,23,2) und 383 n.Chr. Vicarius Hispaniae (Cod. Theod. 9,1,14). PLRE I, 559f. Giaro, Tomasz (Frankfurt/Main) Bibliography D. Liebs, Die Jurisprudenz im spätant. It., 1987, 64, 98. [English version] [2] Flavius Avitus M. Consul 423 n.Chr. 422 n.Chr. als Praetorianerpraefekt von Italien, Illyrien und Africa bezeugt, 423 Consul, vielleicht patricius. Zusammen mit seiner Frau an der Erneuerung der Petrusbasil…

Africanus

(163 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Nutton, Vivian (London) | Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover)
Urspr. Siegerbeiname, zuerst angenommen von P. Cornelius Scipio A. (Maior) nach dem Sieg über Karthago 201 v. Chr. (Liv. 30,45,6), dann von seinem Adoptivsohn P. Cornelius Scipio A.(Minor), cos. 147; später als Beiname auch in anderen Familien [1]. In der Kaiserzeit Beiname der Kaiser Gordian I. und II., Iustinian I. und Flavius Mauricius. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [English version] [1] griech. Arzt 2./1. Jh. v. Chr. Griech. Arzt des 2. oder 1. Jh. v. Chr., der einige seiner Rezepte einem König Antigonos widmete [1]. Nicht zu verwechseln mit einem anderen…

Eudokia

(405 words)

Author(s): Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover) | Meier, Mischa (Bielefeld) | Strothmann, Meret (Bochum)
(Εὐδοκία). [English version] [1] Aelia E. Urspr. Name Athenais. Stammte aus einem traditionalistischen Milieu Athens (ihr Vater war der Rhetor Leontius) und erwarb eine glänzende Bildung. Angeblich auf Betreiben Pulcherias am 7.6.421 mit Theodosius II. verheiratet; zu diesem Zweck wurde sie getauft und mit dem Namen Aelia E. versehen. Sie galt als fromm und gewann zunehmend Einfluß auf ihren Gatten, wodurch sie Pulcheria zurückdrängte. 422 gebar sie Eudoxia [2], vor 431 Flaccilla. 423 wurde sie August…

Thalassios

(387 words)

Author(s): Gutsfeld, Andreas | Portmann, Werner | Leppin, Hartmut | Savvidis, Kyriakos
(Θαλάσσιος). [English version] [1] Gefolgsmann Constantius' [2] II., 4. Jh. n. Chr. (Thalassius). Praefectus praetorio Orientis 351-353, aus einer Kurialenfamilie ( curialis [2]) des Ostens; über seine Laufbahn ist wenig bekannt, doch war Th. offensichtlich ein loyaler Gefolgsmann des Constantius [2] II.: 345 agierte er in Aquileia als comes des Kaisers; 351 bekleidete er ein hohes Amt an dessen Hof in Cibalae (Zos. 2,48,5); noch im selben Jahr trat Th., der verm. Christ war, die Praetorianerpraefektur des Ostens an (Art…

Constantinus

(2,526 words)

Author(s): Bleckmann, Bruno (Straßburg) | Leppin, Hartmut (Hannover) | Tinnefeld, Franz (München)
[English version] [1] C. I. der Große, röm. Kaiser 306-337 “der Große”, 306-337 n.Chr. röm. Kaiser. *ca. 275 (Eus. vita Const. 4,53; Aur. Vict. Caes. 41,16; Aur. Vict. epit. Caes. 41,15, anders Eus. vita Const. 2,51) in Naissus (Anon. Vales. 2) als Sohn des Constantius [1] I. und der Helena. Nach der Erhebung seines Vaters zum Caesar diente C. im Stab des Diocletianus und des Galerius (Paneg. 7[6] 5,3; Lact. mort. pers. 18,10; Anon. Vales. 2). 305 reiste C. vom Hof des Galerius zu seinem zum Augustus des…
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