Decimus Valerius Taurus Catullus Messallinus Asiaticus

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Decimus Valerius Taurus Catullus Messallinus Asiaticus[1][2] was a member of the Arval Brethren who lived in the second half of 1st century and first half of 2nd century.

Family Background[edit]

Asiaticus was of Allobrogian and Roman ancestry. He was the son of the wealthy, prominent[3] and powerful[4] Roman Senator figure Marcus Lollius Paulinus Decimus Valerius Asiaticus Saturninus and the noblewoman Valeria Catulla Messallina[5][6] who came from a family of consular rank.[7] The parents of his father, was the Legatus, Decimus Valerius Asiaticus[8] and his wife, Vitellia,[9] the daughter of the Roman emperor Vitellius from his wife Galeria Fundana.[10] His name reveals that he has relations to the consul of the mid-1st century Titus Statilius Taurus Corvinus;[11] was a descendant of the Gallic consul, Roman Senator Decimus Valerius Asiaticus from his wife, Lollia Saturnina and it is presumed he is the last known descendant of the brother of the poet Gaius Valerius Catullus.[12] He was born and raised in Rome.

Career & Inscriptional Evidence[edit]

In 105, during the reign of Roman emperor Trajan he served as a member of the Arval Brethren.[13] According to inscriptional evidence, Asiaticus was honored on the Greek island of Samos and in the ancient Greek city of Ephesus.[14]

When Asiaticus died, he was honored with two funeral Greek inscriptions in Ephesus. The honorary inscriptions celebrate him as being the son of Marcus Lollius Paulinus Decimus Valerius Asiaticus Saturninus and his career being a priest serving in Rome.

υίωνῷ Δ[έκμου έκγό]-
νῳ, Ούλ[τινία Ταύρῳ Κατύλ]-
λῳ Μεσσα[λίνῳ Άσιατικᾢ, Ούα]-
λερίου Άσια[τικοῦ υίᾢ][15]
[Ταύρῳ Κ]ατύλλῳ Μεσσαλίνῳ Άσια]-
[τικῲ, Ούα]λερίο[υ Άσιατικοῦ]
[υίῷ πο]ντίφικ[ος Σαλίου
[Κολλεί]νου, έπάρ[χου Ῥώμης,]
[τρίων άν]δρων [χαλκοῦ]
[άργύρου] χρυσο[ῦ χαρακτη]-
[ριάσαντ]ος, τ[αμία Ῥώμης - ][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Skinner, A Companion to Catullus (Google eBook)
  2. ^ Marcus Lollius Paullinus Valerius Asiaticus Saturninus & Valerii Catulli at Romeins Imperium, translated from Dutch to English
  3. ^ Josephus, Death of an Emperor, p.72
  4. ^ Bowman, The Cambridge Ancient History, Volume 10, p.217
  5. ^ Skinner, A Companion to Catullus (Google eBook)
  6. ^ Marcus Lollius Paullinus Valerius Asiaticus Saturninus & Valerii Catulli at Romeins Imperium, translated from Dutch to English
  7. ^ Skinner, A Companion to Catullus (Google eBook)
  8. ^ Bowman, The Cambridge Ancient History, Volume 10, p.217
  9. ^ Morgan, 69 AD: The Year of Four Emperors, p.149
  10. ^ Morgan, 69 AD: The Year of Four Emperors, p.149
  11. ^ Skinner, A Companion to Catullus (Google eBook)
  12. ^ Marcus Lollius Paullinus Valerius Asiaticus Saturninus & Valerii Catulli at Romeins Imperium, translated from Dutch to English
  13. ^ Marcus Lollius Paullinus Valerius Asiaticus Saturninus & Valerii Catulli at Romeins Imperium, translated from Dutch to English
  14. ^ Skinner, A Companion to Catullus (Google eBook)
  15. ^ Greek inscription from Ephesus
  16. ^ Greek inscription from Ephesus

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