Ovinius Paternus was a member of Paterni, a prominent third century senatorial family. He was appointed consul prior in AD 267 alongside Arcesilaus. 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.
- 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)
- He is not to be confused with the Consul of 268 (Aspasius Paternus) or 269 (also named Paternus).
- Christol, pp. 107–108
- Christol, pp. 106–107; Martindale & Jones, pp. 671–672
Publius Licinius Gallienus Augustus VII,
|Consul of the Roman Empire
Aspasius Paternus II,
and Publius Licinius Egnatius Marinianus