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Acho'lius held the office of Magister Admissionum in the reign of Valerian. (B. C. 253-260.) One of his works was entitled Acta, and contained an account of the history of Aurelian. It was in nine books at least. (Vopisc. Aurel. 12.) He also wrote the life of Alexander Severus. (Lamprid. Alex. Sev. 14. 48. 68.)
Blaesus 1. C. Sempronius Ti. F. TI. N. BLAESUS, consul in B. C. 253 in the first Punic war, sailed with his colleague, Cn. Servilius Caepio, with a fleet of 260 ships to the coast of Africa, which they laid waste in frequent descents, and from which they obtained great booty. They did not, however, accomplish anything of note; and in the lesser Syrtis, through the ignorance of the pilots, their ships ran aground, and only got off, upon the return of the tide, by throwing everything overboard. This disaster induced them to return to Sicily, and in their voyage from thence to Italy they were overtaken off cape Palinurus by a tremendous storm, in which 150 ships perished. Notwithstanding these misfortunes, each of them obtained a triumph for their successes in Africa, as we learn from the Fasti. (Plb. 1.39; Eutrop. 2.23; Oros. 4.9; Zonar. 8.14.) Blaesus was consul a second time, in 244 (Fasti Capit.), in which year a colony was founded at Brundusium. (Vell. 1.14.)
Cae'pio 1. Cn. Servilius Cn. F. CN. N. CAEPIO, consul B. C. 253, in the first Punic war, sailed with his colleague, C. Sempronius Blaesus, to the coast of Africa. For an account of this expedition, see BLAESUS, No. 1.
Megellus 2. L. Postumius Megellus, L. F. L. N., son of the preceding, was praetor, according to the Fasti, but in what year is unknown. His father's unpopularity and disgrace had no effect on the fortunes of the younger Megellus. He was consul in B. C. 262, the third year of the second Punic war. Sicily was assigned to both Megellus and his colleague, and the siege of Agrigentum, which they took after six arduous months of blockade, employed them during their whole period of office, Megellus was censor in B. C. 253, the year of his death. (Fasti; Plb. 1.17-20; Zonar. 8.10; Diod. Fr. Hoeschel. 23.5; Oros. 4.7 ; Liv. Epit. xvi.) [W.B.D]
Pera 1. D. Junius Pera, D. F. D. N., was consul B. C. 266, with N. Fabius Pictor, and triumphed twice in this year, the first time over the Sassinates, and the second time over the Sallentini and Messapii. He was censor in B. C. 253, with L. Postumius Megellus. (Fasti Capit.)