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Lucius Aradius Valerius Proculus signo Populonius (floruit 333–352) was a senator and a politician of the Roman Empire, twice praefectus urbi of Rome (in 337–338 and in 351–352) and once consul (in 340).

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LifeEdit

He was a vir clarissimus, the lowest rank of senator. His offices were: augur, pontifex major, quindecimvir sacris faciundi, pontifex flavialis, praetor tutelaris, legatus pro praetore in Numidia, peraequator census in Gallaecia, praeses of Byzacena, consularis of Europa and Thracia, consularis Sicily, comes of the second order, comes of the first order, then proconsul of Africa (before 333).

Lucius Aurelius Avianius Symmachus wrote an epigram in his honour. A statue was dedicated to Proculus by the merchants of pig meat and the leather makers; the inscription is preserved in the Museo Nazionale Romano of Palazzo Altemps in Rome.

He was appointed praefectus urbi of Rome in 337–338, under Emperor Constans. In 340 he was Consul, with Septimius Acindynus as colleague. Eleven years later, in 351, under the usurper Magnentius, he was appointed praefectus urbi of Rome for the second time, and kept this office until the following year, when Magnentius lost control of Italy.

In fictionEdit

Proculus is the grandfather of Flavia Vindex, the heroine of a novel, Britanniae, by M. O'Sullivan, set in Britain and published in 2011.[1]

ReferencesEdit

BibliographyEdit

  • Chronography of 354 (MGH Chronica Minora I, 1892, p. 69).
  • CIL VI, 1690, CIL VI, 1691, CIL VI, 1692, CIL VI, 1693, CIL VI, 1694, AE 1934, 158, CIL VIII, 24521
  • "Proculus 11", Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, Cambridge University Press, 1971, ISBN 0-521-07233-6, pp. 747-749.
Political offices
Preceded by
Imp. Caesar Fl. Iulius Constantius Augustus II,
and Imp. Caesar Fl. Iulius Constans Augustus
Consul of the Roman Empire
340
with Septimius Acindynus
Succeeded by
Antonius Marcellinus,
and Petronius Probinus
Preceded by
Caeionius Rufius Albinus
Praefectus urbi of Rome
March 337 – January 338
Succeeded by
Maecilius Hilarianus
Preceded by
Clodius Celsinus Adelphius
Praefectus urbi of Rome
December 351 – September 352
Succeeded by
Septimius Mnasea