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date: 30 November 2022

Aemilius Papinianuslocked

Aemilius Papinianuslocked

  • Tony Honoré


Aemilius (RE 105) Papinianus, a leading lawyer of the Severan age and a close associate of the emperor *Septimius Severus, probably came, like him, from Africa and had some exposure to Hellenistic culture. He was assessor to a praetorian prefect, then from ce 194 to 202, to judge from their style, composed rescripts (replies to petitions), often of a highly technical character, for Septimius, latterly at least as a libellis (secretary for petitions). On the fall of C. *Fulvius Plautianus in ce 205 he became praetorian prefect along with Q. Maecius Laetus, but on the death of Septimius in February 211 was dismissed by Caracalla (see m. aurelius antoninus (1)). After the murder of Caracalla's brother and joint emperor P. *Septimius Geta (2) in 212 he was prosecuted by the praetorians and, without protest from Caracalla, put to death, an event which entered into legend as the martyrdom of a just man.


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