Quintus Marcius Barea Soranus

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Quintus Marcius Barea Soranus (* before 52; † 65 or 66) was a Roman senator in the time of Emperor Nero .

In 52 Barea Soranus became a suffect consul , and (perhaps 61) proconsul of Asia . He earned the affection of the provincial people. But he fell out of favor with the emperor. Nero took it as an offense that Soranus had refused to punish a city that had defended the statues of its gods against the imperial plenipotentiaries. Soranus was charged with the help of intrigue for his familiarity with Rubellius Plautus , who was also out of favor with Nero. One of the main witnesses against him was Publius Egnatius Celer , his client and former teacher. Soranus was sentenced to death in 65 or 66 and killed himself.

Barea Soranus was married to Servilia Considia, daughter of the historian Servilius Nonianus . Her daughter Marcia Servilia, who was accused of having consulted magicians, confessed to her father's fate, albeit pointedly against the emperor, and was carried away in his downfall.

Under Vespasian , the prosecutor was sentenced to death for his conduct in this case.


The sources are Tacitus , Annalen 16,30,32; Justin IV; Juvenal 3,116; Cassius Dio IXII, 26.


  • Richard Goulet: Soranus (Q. Marcius Barea). In: Richard Goulet (ed.): Dictionnaire des philosophes antiques. Volume 6, CNRS Éditions, Paris 2016, ISBN 978-2-271-08989-2 , pp. 480-482