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Gaius Cornelius Rarus Sextius Naso

Gaius Cornelius Rarus Sextius Naso was a Roman senator active during the last half of the first century AD. He was suffect consul for the nundinium September–December 93 with [...]lis as his colleague;[1] the colleague may be Marcus Tuccius Cerialis, a suffect consul in an otherwise unknown year to whom Pliny the Younger wrote a letter full of tips on delivering a speech.[2]

The existence of Cornelius Rarus is known only through a single inscription of the second century that apparently adorned the Arch of Trajan in Leptis Magna, which is badly damaged.[3] He was proconsular governor of Africa in 108/109,[4] when construction of the Arch began; it was completed during the tenure of his successor, Quintus Pomponius Rufus.[5]

Cornelius Rarus was also a member of the prestigious collegia of quindecimviri sacris faciundis.[3]


  1. ^ Werner Eck, "Diplome, Konsuln und Statthalter: Fortschritte und Probleme der kaiserzeitlichen Prosopographie", Chiron, 34 (2004), pp. 35-44.
  2. ^ Pliny, Epistulae, II.19
  3. ^ a b IRT 523
  4. ^ Eck, "Jahres- und Provinzialfasten der senatorischen Statthalter von 69/70 bis 138/139", Chiron, 12 (1982), pp. 346f
  5. ^ Kenneth D. Matthews, Jr. Cities in the Sand Leptis Magna and Sabratha in Roman Africa (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1957)
Political offices
Preceded by
Titus Avidius Quietus, and
Sextus Lusianus Proculus

as suffect consuls
Suffect consul of the Roman Empire
with [? Tuccius Ceria]lis
Succeeded by
Lucius Nonius Calpurnius Torquatus Asprenas,
and Titus Sextius Magius Lateranus

as ordinary consuls