Aurelius Anicius Symmachus

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Anicius Aurelius Symmachus (fl. 415-420) was a politician of the Western Roman Empire.


He belonged to the Roman families of the Anicii and of the Symmachi; he was probably a relative of Quintus Aurelius Symmachus, perhaps the son of a brother or sister who had married a member of Anicii.[1]

In 415 he was proconsul of Africa;[2] he obtained, in this capacity, the right to receive appeals.[3]

Between 24 December 418 and January 420 he was praefectus urbi of Rome; in this capacity he wrote to the court regarding issues related to succession to Pope Zosimus, who had died two days after the beginning of Symmachus' office. He also restored a market in Ostia[4] and one of the Roman forums.[5]



  1. ^ Jones.
  2. ^ During this office he received the law preserved in Codex Theodosianus, xi.30.65a.
  3. ^ CIL VI, 1193
  4. ^ CIL XIV, 4719
  5. ^ CIL VI, 36962