Publius Servilius Priscus (consul 463 BC)

Publius Servilius Priscus[1][2] was a Roman senator active in the fifth century BC and consul in 463 BC.

Publius Servilius Priscus
Died463 BC
OfficeConsul (463 BC)
ChildrenQuintus Servilius Priscus Fidenas


He was probably the son of Spurius Servilius Structus (consul in 476 BC), and the father of Quintus Servilius Priscus Fidenas, dictator in 435 and 418 BC. Diodorus Siculus gives him the paternal cognomen of "Structus", which was carried by his ancestors, but the name was not given to him by either the Fasti Capitolini or Livy (4.21.9).[3]


In 463 BC, he was elected consul with Lucius Aebutius Elva as his colleague.[1] They entered office on the first of August, because at the time the consular years began on that day. In the beginning of September, the livestock was stricken by an epidemic, which also afflicted the people. According to Dionysius of Halicarnassus, the epidemic began with the livestock then began to spread throughout the city, killing many people.[4] It entered the city because the peasants took refuge in Rome, bringing their livestock with them. Both Elva and Priscus fell to the pestilence, in that order. The augurs, Manius Valerius Maximus and Titus Verginius Tricostus Rutilus, and Curio Maximus Servius Suplicius Camerinus Cornutus fell to the affliction that year as well.[3]

When the two consuls were found dead, an interrex was given a period of five days to elect new consuls. At the end of the fifth day, elections were not held, and a new interrex took over. Consular elections were held in 462 BC, during the interregnum of Publius Valerius Publicola, resulting in the election of Lucius Lucretius Tricipitinus and Titus Veturius Geminus Cicurinus as consuls.[5][3]


  1. ^ a b Broughton 1951, p. 34
  2. ^ Pauly-Wissowa, vol. II A (2), col. 1803 (Servilius 73)
  3. ^ a b c Broughton 1951, p. 35
  4. ^ Dionysius of Halicarnassus IX, 67
  5. ^ Livy III, 8


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 (1870). "Priscus No. 5". In Smith, William (ed.). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. Vol. 3. p. 528.

Political offices
Preceded by Roman consul
463 BC
With: Lucius Aebutius Elva
Succeeded by