Arulenus Rusticus

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Quintus Junius Arulenus Rusticus (c. 35 – 93 AD) was a Roman Senator and a friend and follower of Thrasea Paetus, and like him an ardent admirer of Stoic philosophy. He is more usually called Arulenus Rusticus, but sometimes also Junius Rusticus.

Arulenus Rusticus was Tribune of the plebs in AD 66, in which year Thrasea was condemned to death by the Roman Senate; and he would have placed his veto upon the senatus consultum, had not Thrasea prevented him, as he would only have brought certain destruction upon himself without saving the life of the defendant.[1] He was Praetor in the civil wars after the death of Nero, (69 AD), when as one of the senate's ambassadors to the Flavian armies he was wounded by the soldiers of Petilius Cerialis. Arulenus Rusticus attained a suffect consulship in the nundinium September-December 92 with Gaius Julius Silanus as his colleague under Domitian, but in the following year was condemned to death because he wrote a panegyric to Thrasea.

Suetonius attributes to him a panegyric on Helvidius Priscus; but the latter work was composed by Herennius Senecio, as we learn both from Tacitus and Pliny the Younger.

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  1. ^ Romm, James (11 March 2014). Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero (Paperback) (First ed.). New York: Vintage Books. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-307-74374-9. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Lucius Stertinius Avitus, and
Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus

as suffect consuls
Suffect consul of the Roman Empire
with Gaius Julius Silanus
Succeeded by
Sextus Pompeius Collega, and
Quintus Peducaeus Priscinus

as ordinary consuls