Ovinius Paternus

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Ovinius Gaius Julius Aquilius Paternus (fl. 3rd century) was a Roman senator who was appointed consul in AD 267.

Not to be confused with the Consul in 268 and 269 Aspasius Paternus


Ovinius Paternus was a member of Paterni, a prominent third century senatorial family. He was appointed consul prior in AD 267 alongside Arcesilaus.[1] He exercised his duties in Rome while the emperor Gallienus was campaigning along the Danube against the Goths. In AD 281, Paternus was assigned by lot a Proconsular province, either Africa or Asia, but in an unusual move he refused to accept the offered post. Instead, he took up the position of Praefectus urbi of Rome.[2]


  • Christol, Michel, Essai sur l'évolution des carrières sénatoriales dans la seconde moitié du IIIe siècle ap. J.C. (1986)
  • Martindale, J. R.; Jones, A. H. M, The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, Vol. I AD 260–395, Cambridge University Press (1971)


  1. ^ Christol, pp. 107–108
  2. ^ Christol, pp. 106–107; Martindale & Jones, pp. 671–672
Political offices
Preceded by
Publius Licinius Gallienus Augustus VII
Consul of the Roman Empire
with Arcesilaus
Succeeded by
Aspasius Paternus II
Publius Licinius Egnatius Marinianus