Gaius Ateius Capito (jurist)
Capito was educated as a jurist by Aulus Ofilius. He was active as a jurist and a senator and became consul suffectus in the year 5. He was a strong proponent of the principate which brought him in opposition to Marcus Antistius Labeo. In 11, he became curator aquarum and was responsible for water supply and regulation throughout the city of Rome. In 15, he and Lucius Arruntius were entrusted by Tiberius to work on a plan to confine the river Tiber after heavy floods, but the project was not carried out due to heavy resistance from the populace. His successor in the office of curator aquarum was Tarius Rufus.
All of Capito's works are lost and are only known by their titles through quotes by later authors. Works known to have existed include:
- De pontificio iure ("About pontifical law"), at least six books about laws concerning the pontifices
- De iure sacrificiorum ("About sacrificial law")
- Coniectanea ("Miscellaneous"), at least 9 books about various themes
- De officio senatorio ("About the senatorial office")
- One work of unknown title about the auguries
- Epistulae ("Letters")
Capito had considerable reputation as a jurist and gathered a school of jurists that became known as the Sabinian school after his pupil and successor Masurius Sabinus. Capito's works were read and quoted until the sixth century, although more frequently by lexicographers (especially by Sextus Pompeius Festus and Aulus Gellius) than by jurists.
- Tacitus, Annals III 75
- Frontinus, de aquis II 102
- Tacitus, Annals I 79
- for a list of known works, see Der kleine Pauly, article "C. Ateius Capito"
- Der kleine Pauly, articles "C. Ateius Capito" and "Sabinus Massurius"