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Anicius Auchenius Bassus (consul 408)

Anicius Auchenius[1] Bassus (fl. 408) was a politician of the Roman Empire. In 408 he was appointed consul.[2] According to B.L. Twyman, he represents the "mainline" of the gens Anicia.[3]

Bassus was probably the son of the Anicius Auchenius Bassus who was praefectus urbi in 382-383 and of Turrenia Honorata. He had a son, also called Anicius Auchenius Bassus, consul in 431.[4] He wrote the epigraph for the tomb of Monica, Augustine of Hippo's mother.[5] The actual stone on which it was written was rediscovered in 1945 in the church of Santa Aurea, in Ostia Antica.[6]


  1. ^ In one inscription (CIL IX, 1364) he is called "Euge(nius) Bassus".
  2. ^ CIL V, 6282; Zosimus, V.28.1; Sozomen, IX.1.1.
  3. ^ B.L. Twyman, "Aetius and the Aristocracy", Historia 19 (1970), p. 484
  4. ^ Martindale, PLRE.
  5. ^ Anthologia latina I.670; the identification is supported by Martindale, PLRE.
  6. ^ "Church of Sant'Aurea". Retrieved March 15, 2011.


Political offices
Preceded by
Theodosius II
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Flavius Philippus
Succeeded by
Theodosius II,
Constantine III