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Servius Asinius Celer (died AD 46) was a Roman senator active during the Principate. He was suffect consul in the second half of the year 38 with Sextus Nonius Quinctilianus as his colleague.[1]

Celer was the son of Gaius Asinius Gallus, consul in 8 BC, and Vipsania Agrippina, a former wife of the emperor Tiberius. Celer had several brothers, among them Gaius Asinius Pollio, consul in 23, accused of conspiracy by Valeria Messalina; Marcus Asinius Agrippa, consul in 25; Asinius Saloninus; and Asinius Gallus. In addition, Celer was half brother of Drusus Julius Caesar, son of his mother with Tiberius and heir to the emperor for a time.

According to Pliny the Elder, Celer was a well-known gourmand who paid 8,000 sesterces for a fish.[2] In the year 46, despite his friendship with the emperor Claudius, Celer was accused of participating in a conspiracy to kill the emperor and condemned to death. Seneca the Younger mentions him in his Apocolocyntosis divi Claudii as one of his consular friends who confront Claudius in the afterworld as being responsible for their deaths.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Paul Gallivan, "The Fasti for the Reign of Gaius", Antichthon, 13 (1979), p. 66
  2. ^ Naturalis Historia IX 31 § 67
  3. ^ Seneca, Apocolocyntosis divi Claudii, 13
Political offices
Preceded by
Marcus Aquila Julianus, and
Publius Nonius Asprenas Calpurnius Serranus

as ordinary consuls
Suffect consul of the Roman Empire
38
with Sextus Nonius Quinctilianus
Succeeded by
Caligula II, and
Lucius Apronius Caesianus

as ordinary consuls