Quintus Antistius Labeo

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Quintus Antistius Labeo (or Pacuvius Antistius Labeo, died 42 BC) was an Ancient Roman jurist of the gens Antistia, and one of the murderers of Julius Caesar.

Antistius was one of the disciples of Servius Sulpicius Rufus, who are stated by Pomponius to have written books which were digested by Aufidius Namusa.[1] He was the father of the more eminent jurist Marcus Antistius Labeo, who lived under Augustus.

In Antistius' attachment to the ancient republican liberty, he joined the conspiracy of Brutus and was one of the murderers of Julius Caesar. He was present at the Battle of Philippi on Brutus's side. After the defeat, he was unwilling to survive Brutus, who, he was told, had pronounced his name with a sigh before his death. Having dug in his tent a hole of the length of his body, he settled his worldly affairs, and sent messages to his wife and children. Then, taking the hand of his most faithful slave, he turned him round (as was usual in the ceremony of manumission), and, giving him his sword, presented his throat to be stabbed, and was buried in his tent in the hole which he had dug.[2]


  1. ^ Pomponius, Dig. 1. tit. 2. s. 2. § 44 (cited by Graves)
  2. ^ Schol. ad Horat. Sat. i. 3. 83; Plut. Brut. 12; Appian, B. C. iv. 135. (cited by Graves)


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainJohn Thomas Graves (1870). "Labeo, Q. Antistius". In Smith, William (ed.). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 2. p. 692.