Gaius Aculeo

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Gaius Aculeo was a Roman knight who married the sister of Helvia, the mother of Cicero.[1] He was unsurpassed in his day in his knowledge of the Roman law, and possessed great acuteness of mind, but was not distinguished for other attainments. He was a friend of Lucius Licinius Crassus, renowned as the greatest Roman orator of his day, and was defended by him upon one occasion. The son of Aculeo was Gaius Visellius Varro; from which it would appear that Aculeo was only a surname given to the father from his acuteness, and that his full name was Gaius Visellius Varro Aculeo.[2][3]

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Visellia (gens)


  1. ^ Smith, William (1867), "Aculeo, C.", in Smith, William, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology 1, Boston, MA, p. 17 
  2. ^ Cicero, De Oratore i. 43, ii. 1, 65
  3. ^ Cicero, Brutus 76

 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.