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The Symmachi were an aristocratic family of the late Roman Empire.

The family received its first offices at the beginning of the 3rd century, under emperor Septimius Severus, then it increased its prestige, reaching its peaks in the 4th and 5th centuries. Among the most important members of this family there were:

The family had a noteworthy interest in literature, and its members were patrons, editors and historians.


  1. ^ Aurelius Memmius Symmachus v.c. emendabam vel distinguebam meum Ravennae cum Macrobio Plotino Euexodio, «I, Aurelius Memmius Symmachus, vir clarissimus, corrected and put punctuation to my copy in Ravenna together with Macrobius Plotinus Euxodius, vir clarissimus» (Hedrick, Charles W., History and Silence, University of Texas Press, 2000, ISBN 0-292-73121-3, p. 183).