Caecina Paetus

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Caecina Paetus was condemned to death on a charge of disloyalty by the emperor Claudius in 42 AD. When the sentence was handed down, it was determined that he would be allowed to commit suicide rather than face the emperor's wrath. However, when the time came, he wavered in his resolution to kill himself. His wife Arria stabbed herself first in order to give him the courage to do this and handed him the dagger saying "Non dolet, Paete!" ("It doesn't hurt, Paetus!")[1]

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  1. ^ Pliny, Letters 3.16; Tacitus, Annals 16.34; Cassius Dio 60.16.5–6; Martial 1.13.5.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Georges Duby, Michelle Perrot, Pauline Schmitt. A History of Women in the West, Volume I. Belknap Press. 2000

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