Castricia (gens)

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The gens Catricia was a Roman family during the later Republic and under the early Empire. None of the members of the gens held any important magistracy.[1]

Origin of the gens[edit]

The earliest of the Castricii to appear in history was Marcus Castricius, chief magistrate of Placentia in 84 B.C., suggesting that the family came from that city. At one time Placentia had belonged to the Etruscans, and later it was inhabited by the Cisalpine Gauls, but a Roman colony was established there in 218 B.C. Other Castricii during this period and subsequently were Roman citizens.[2]

Members of the gens[edit]

  • Marcus Castricius, chief magistrate at Placentia in 84 B.C., refused to give hostages to the consul Gnaeus Papirius Carbo, when he appeared before the town.[3]
  • Marcus Castricius, a Roman merchant in Asia, received a public funeral from the inhabitants of Smyrna. He is probably the same Marcus Castricius mentioned in Cicero's orations against Verres.[4]
  • Marcus Castricius, mentioned by Cicero in 44 B.C., was apparently a different man from the merchant of the same name.[5]
  • Castricius, gave information to Augustus respecting the conspiracy of Murena.[6]
  • Titus Castricius, a rhetorician at Rome, and a contemporary of Aulus Gellius, by whom he is frequently mentioned.[7]

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "article name needed". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.