Aconius Catullinus Philomatius

Aconius Catullinus signo Philomatius (fl. 338–349 AD) was a Roman senator who held high state offices under the emperor Constans.

Aconius Catullinus
Died4th century
Other namesPhilomatius
Years active338-349 CE
OfficePraetorian prefect (341)
Prefect of Rome (342–344)
Consul (349)
ChildrenAconia Fabia Paulina


Aconius (or Aco) Catullinus was probably a son of the identically-named senator who served as governor of Africa in 317–318. He was a pagan.

He was consul suffectus at an unknown date, and served as governor (praeses) of Gallaecia in Hispania before 338.[1] A dedication of his to Jupiter Optimus Maximus during his term of office has been preserved (CIL II, 2635). In 338–339, Catullinus served as vicarius of Africa, and is attested on 24 June 341 as praetorian prefect of Italy. From 6 July 342 to 11 April 344, he served as urban prefect of Rome. A law (Codex Theodosianus, 16.10.3) addressed to (and likely suggested by) him, dated 1 November 342 during his term of office, concerns the preservation of pagan temples.[1] Catullinus was consul ordinarius in 349.

Catullinus had a daughter, Aconia Fabia Paulina, who married the senator Vettius Agorius Praetextatus.

According to the Chronograph of 354, Catullinus bore the informal name (signum) Philomatius, which some authors have emended to Philomathius (meaning love of learning), but Salway suggested instead Philematius, from the Greek φίλημα (kiss).[2]


  1. ^ a b Jones, Martindale & Morris, p. 188.
  2. ^ Salway, p. 40.


  • Jones, A.H.M.; J.R. Martindale & J. Morris (1971). The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire volume I: A.D. 260–395. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-07233-6.
  • Salway, Benet (1994). The Creation of the Roman State, AD 200–340: Social and Administrative Aspects (PhD). Queen's College, Oxford.
  • Seeck, Otto, 'Catullinus 5', Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft (RE, PW), volume 3.2, columns 1795–1796 (Stuttgart, 1899).
Political offices
Preceded by Roman consul
With: Ulpius Limenius
Succeeded by
Preceded by Praetorian prefect of Italy
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prefect of Rome
Succeeded by
Quintus Rusticus