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Publius Pinarius Mamercinus Rufus was a Roman senator who held the consulship alongside Gaius Julius Iulus in 489 BC.

Publius Pinarius Mamercinus Rufus
Consul of the Roman Republic
In office
489 BC – 488 BC
Preceded byQuintus Sulpicius Camerinus Cornutus,Spurius Lartius
Succeeded bySpurius Nautius Rutilus,Sextus Furius Medullinus (consul 488 BC)
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Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome



Rufus was the first member of the gens Pinarii to attain the consulship. The Pinarii were an ancient patrician family of Rome, whose origins were said to go back to the founding of the city.[1][2]


In 489 BC, he was elected consul with Gaius Julius Iulus as his colleague.[3]

Livy says that, during their term, games were held and a host of the Volsci were invited to see them. The man who invited them, Attius Tullius Aufidius, warned Rufus and Iulus that the Volsci may commit an act similar to that of the Sabines in the Rape of the Sabines just a couple years earlier. The consuls then shared Aufidius' suspicions with the Senate, and the Senate decreed that the Volsci should leave the city. The Volsci were indignant that they should have to leave the games without reason, and a conflict began between them and the Romans.[4][3]

In 488 BC, Rufus was one of the consular envoys sent to negotiate with the Volsci, and with Gaius Marcius Coriolanus, who was a Roman exile leading the Volsci.[5]


  1. ^ Livy I, 7
  2. ^ Smith 1876, p. 366
  3. ^ a b Broughton 1951, p. 18
  4. ^ Livy II, 37
  5. ^ Broughton 1951, p. 19


Primary sourcesEdit

Secondary sourcesEdit

  • Broughton, Thomas Robert Shannon (1951), The Magistrates of the Roman Republic, Philological Monograph No. 15, New York: American Philological Association, ISBN 0-89130-811-3
  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1876). "Pinaria gens". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. III.
Political offices
Preceded by
Quintus Sulpicius Camerinus Cornutus,
and Spurius Lartius
Consul of the Roman Republic
489 BC
with Gaius Julius Iulus
Succeeded by
Spurius Nautius Rutilus,
and Sextus Furius Medullinus