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Anicius Acilius Aginantius Faustus

Anicius Acilius Aginantius Faustus iunior (floruit 483-508), also known as Faustus albus ("white"),[1] was a Roman politician under Odoacer's rule. His brothers included Rufius Achilius Maecius Placidus, and Rufius Achilius Sividius.[2]

LifeEdit

Faustus' career is attested by two inscriptions on seats of the Colosseum.[3]

He is attested as praefectus urbi of Rome in an inscription celebrating his work in restoring an image of Minerva damaged by a falling roof during a riot. The riot can be identified with the civil war that led to the deposition and death of Emperor Anthemius in 472, while the restoration could have been performed under Odoacer, but before 483.[4]

In 483 he was appointed consul, without colleague.[5] It is probable that he was not recognised by the Eastern court.[6]

In 502-503 he could have been appointed praefectus urbi for the second time. In those years he was contacted by Magnus Felix Ennodius to be appointed advocatus fisci in Liguria.[7] Ennodius wrote him also in 506 and 508.[8] He might also be the recipient of a letter by Avitus of Vienne,[9] and also of a letter from Theoderic the Great to Faustus, praepositus.[10]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Magnus Felix Ennodius refers to him in this way (Letters, VI.34).
  2. ^ Alan Cameron, "Anician Myths", Journal of Roman Studies, 102 (2012), p. 150
  3. ^ CIL VI, 32159; CIL VI, 32211.
  4. ^ CIL VI, 526
  5. ^ AE 1940, 86; CIL V, 6210; CIL X, 1344; CIL XII, 2056
  6. ^ Codex Justinianus, IV.59.2, dated "Post consulatum Trocundis".
  7. ^ Magnus Felix Ennodius, Letters, I.7 (early 502); II.26 (summer of 503).
  8. ^ Letters V.9 and VI.34 respectively.
  9. ^ Letters, 34 (late 502).
  10. ^ "Medieval Sourcebook: Letters of Theodoric [r.493-526]". Fordham University. Retrieved 28 March 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Severinus Iunior,
Flavius Appalius Illus Trocundes
Consul of the Roman Empire
483
with Post consulatum Trocundis (East)
Succeeded by
Decius Marius Venantius Basilius,
Flavius Theodericus
Preceded by
unknown, possibly Castalius Innocentius Audax
Praefectus urbi of Rome
between 475 and 482
Succeeded by
unknown, possibly Decius Marius Venantius Basilius
Preceded by
unknown
Praefectus urbi of Rome
early 502 - summer 503
Succeeded by
unknown