Aulus Caecina Paetus

Aulus Caecina Paetus (died AD 42) was a Roman senator, who was condemned to death for his role in the revolt of Lucius Arruntius Camillus Scribonianus against the emperor Claudius. He was suffect consul in the nundinium of September to December 37 with Gaius Caninius Rebilus as his colleague.

Arria et Paetus (Sculpture of Pierre Lepautre, 1681)

When the sentence was handed down, it was determined that he would be allowed to kill himself rather than face the emperor's wrath. However, when the time came, Paetus wavered in his resolution to do so. His wife Arria stabbed herself first in order to give him the courage to do this and handed him the dagger saying "Non dolet, Paete!" ("It doesn't hurt, Paetus!")[1]

Paetus and Arria had several children together. Those who survived to adulthood included:


Further readingEdit

  • Georges Duby, Michelle Perrot, Pauline Schmitt. A History of Women in the West, Volume I. Belknap Press. 2000

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Political offices
Preceded by Consul of the Roman Empire
September–December 37
with Gaius Caninius Rebilus
Succeeded by