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Velleius Paterculuslocked

, Roman historical writer

Velleius Paterculuslocked

, Roman historical writer
  • A. J. Woodman


Velleius Paterculus, Roman historical writer, provides details of himself in his work. Among his maternal ancestors were Minatus Magius of Aeclanum and Decius Magius of Capua (2. 16. 2–3); his paternal grandfather was C. Velleius, praefectus fabrum (see praefectus) to *Pompey, *Brutus, and Ti. *Claudius Nero, father of the emperor *Tiberius (2. 76. 1); the senator Capito, who helped to prosecute the Caesaricide *Cassius in 43 bce, was a paternal uncle (2. 69. 5). Velleius himself was born in (probably) 20 or 19 bce. Having begun his career as military tribune around the turn of the millennium (2. 101. 3), he joined the staff of C. *Iulius Caesar (3) in the east (2. 101–102. 1); later he became praefectus equitum (see praefectus), as his father had been, and spent ce 4–12 serving under the future emperor Tiberius in Germany (twice; see germania), *Pannonia, and *Dalmatia (2.


  • Latin Literature
  • Roman History and Historiography

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