He was probably the son of Decius Marius Venantius Basilius, consul in 484. Venantius had several sons who became consuls, which included Decius, the consul of 529, and Decius Paulinus, the consul of 534.
Basilius Venantius himself was consul in 508. Later, but before 511, he was raised to the rank of patricius. In 533 he was still alive and still held the patriciate, on the occasion King Athalaric congratulated him on the promotion of his son Decius Paulinus to the consulate, and (more importantly) the wealth to finance the celebrations that accompanied both his promotion and those of his brothers. (Cassiodorus, Variae, 9.23)
- Jones, Arnold Hugh Martin, John Robert Martindale, John Morris, "Basilius Venantius iunior 5", Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, Volume 2, Cambridge University Press, 1992, ISBN 0-521-20159-4, pp. 1153-1154.
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