Aulus Caecina Paetus

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Arria et Paetus (Sculpture of Pierre Lepautre, 1681)

Aulus Caecina Paetus (died AD 42) was a Roman senator, who was condemned to death for his role in the revolt of Lucius Arruntius Camillus Scribonianus against the emperor Claudius. He was suffect consul in the nundinium of September-December 37 with Gaius Caninius Rebilus as his colleague.

When the sentence was handed down, it was determined that he would be allowed to kill himself rather than face the emperor's wrath. However, when the time came, Paetus wavered in his resolution to do so. His wife Arria stabbed herself first in order to give him the courage to do this and handed him the dagger saying "Non dolet, Paete!" ("It doesn't hurt, Paetus!")[1]

Paetus and Arria had several children together. Those who survived to adulthood included:


Further reading[edit]

  • Georges Duby, Michelle Perrot, Pauline Schmitt. A History of Women in the West, Volume I. Belknap Press. 2000

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Political offices
Preceded by
and Claudius
Suffect consul of the Roman Empire
with Gaius Caninius Rebilus
Succeeded by
Marcus Aquila Julianus, and
Publius Nonius Asprenas Calpurnius Serranus

as ordinary consuls