Anicius Faustus (Consul 298)

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Anicius Faustus was a Roman politician and senator at the end of the 3rd century AD.

Anicius Faustus came from the noble Anicier family and was probably the son of Sextus Cocceius Anicius Faustus Paulinus , governor of the province of Africa in the 260s. In an unknown year, he was a suffect consul . In 298 he became consul for the second time , this time as Ordinarius next to Virius Gallus . From 299 to 300 Anicius was Faustus praefectus urbi .

In the area of ​​the Ara Maxima an altar was found which, according to the dedicatory inscription, is said to have been donated by a praetor urbanus named Marcus Iunius Caesonius Nicomachus Anicius Faustus Paulinus . Since an inscription on the side of the stone contains a date in the year 321, this namesake was classified as the son or grandson of the consul of 298, among other things. Other researchers such as André Chastagnol , on the other hand, have argued that the two sides of the stone were described at different times: The Marcus Junius Caesonius Nicomachus Anicius Faustus Paulinus was the later city prefect and two-time consul, known only as Anicius Faustus in front of these high offices the praetur is said to have put up the said inscription. Several decades later, the stone was used a second time as a Christmas present and was dated to the year 321.



  1. CIL 16, 156 .
  2. Chronograph from 354 .
  3. CIL 6, 315 ( photography of the stone ).
  4. ^ So the Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire , Volume 1, Stemma 7, p. 1133.
  5. André Chastagnol: Les Fastes de la Préfecture de Rome au Bas-Empire. Nouvelles Éditions Latines, Paris 1962, p. 32.