Decius Marius Venantius Basilius

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Inscription erected by Basilius at the Colosseum in Rome, one of the two copies produced in occasion of a restoration funded by Basilius after the damages of an earthquake (CIL VI, 1716).

Decius Marius Venantius Basilius (floruit 484) was a Roman official under Odoacer's rule.

Biography[edit]

He was the son of Caecina Decius Basilius and the brother of Caecina Mavortius Basilius Decius and of Caecina Decius Maximus Basilius, all of them Consuls. Basilius Venantius iunior, Consul in 508, was probably his son.

Basilius was Praefectus urbi and Consul in 484, with Theoderic the Great as colleague.

He financed the restoration of the damages made by an earthquake to the Colosseum of Rome; two inscriptions are still extant, reading (CIL VI, 1716 b and c):

Decius Marius Venantius Basilius, vir clarissimus and inlustris, Praefectus urbi, Patricius, Consul ordinarius restored at his own expenses the arena and the podium, destroyed by a terrible earthquake

 

DECIVS MARIVS VENANTIVS
BASILIVS V[IR] C[LARISSIMVS] ET INL[VSTRIS] PRAEF[ECTVS]
VRB[I] PATRICIVS CONSVL ORDINARIVS ARENAM ET
PODIVM QVAE ABOMI
NANDI TERRAEMO
TVS RVINA PROS
TRAVIT SVMTV PRO
PRIO RESTITVIT

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Preceded by
Anicius Acilius Aginatius Faustus,
Post consulatum Trocundis (East)
Consul of the Roman Empire
484
with Fl. Theodericus
Succeeded by
Quintus Aurelius Memmius Symmachus,
Post consulatum Theoderici (East)
Preceded by
unknown, possibly Anicius Acilius Aginantius Faustus
Praefectus urbi of Rome
484
Succeeded by
Quintus Aurelius Memmius Symmachus