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Fuscus, Ti. Clau'dius Salina'tor a correspondent of the younger Pliny. (Ep. 9.36, 40.) Fuscus was of a senatorian family, pos sessed of great eloquence and learning (Plin. Ep. 6.11), and remarkable for his simplicity and sobriety of character. (6.26.) He was Hadrian's colleague in the consulship of A. D. 118. He mar ried a daughter of Julius Servianus. (Plin. Ep. 6.26; D. C. 69.17; Westermann, Römisch. Beredsamk. § 84, 35.) Fuscus, son of the preceding, was put to death in his nineteenth year, with his father-in-law, Ser vianus, by Hadrian, who charged Fuscus with aspiring to the empire. (Spartian. Hadrian. 23.) Dio Cassius (69.17) says that Fuscus and Servianus owed their death to imprudently expressing displeasure at Hadrian's choice of L. Commodus Verus for his successor. [W.B.
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology (ed. William Smith), (search)
ce himself at the head of the Roman world, was deprived of his post, which was given to Marcius Turbo, who, under Trajan, had reduced the rebellious Jews, and was a personal friend of Hadrian. After having settled thus the most urgent affairs of the empire, he went from Antioch to Cilicia, to see the body of Trajan, which was to be conveyed to Rome by Plotina, Attianus, and Matidia. Soon after his return to Antioch he appointed Catilius Severus governor of Syria, and travelled to Rome in A. D. 118. A triumph was celebrated to commemorate the victories of Trajan in the east, and the late emperor's image was placed in the triumphal car. The solemnity was scarcely over when Hadrian received the news that the Sarmatae and Roxolani had invaded the province of Moesia. He forthwith sent out his armies, and immediately after he himself followed them. The king of the Roxolani complained of the tribute, which he had to receive from the Romans, not being fully paid; but Hadrian concluded a pea
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology (ed. William Smith), Justi'nus Martyr (search)
rabe (Spicileg. SS. Patrum, saec. ii. p. 147), and the Bollandists (Acta Sanctorum, April. vol. ii. p. 110, note c), conjecture from a passage of Epiphanius (Adv. Haeres. 46.1), which, as it now stands, is clearly erroneous, that he was born about A. D. 89; but this conjecture (which is adopted by Fabricius) is very uncertain, though sufficiently in accordance with the known facts of his history. Tillemnont and Ceillier place the birth of Justin in A. D. 103, Maran in A. D. 114, Halloix in A. D. 118. He was the son of Priscus Bacchius, or rather of Priscus, the son of Bacchius, and was brought up as a heathen; for though he calls himself a Samaritan (Apoloq. Secunda, 100.15, Dialog. cuma Tryphone, 100.120), he appears to mean no more than that he was born in the country of Samaria, not that he held that Semi-Judaism which was so prevalent among his countrymen. (Comp. Apolog. Prima, 100.53, sub med.) He devoted himself to philosophy, and for a considerable time studied the system of th
ssages will afford some clue to his chronology. In the *Pro\s a)pai/deuton, § 13, he tells us that there existed in his time, and was probably still alive, a man who had bought the lamp of Epictetus for 3000 drachms, in the hope of inheriting his wisdom. As this purchase was probably made shortly after the death of Epictetus, the natural inference is, that Lucian was alive in the time of that philosopher (hardly that Epictetus died before the time of Lucian, as Mr. Clinton says, Fasti Rom. A. D. 118). The uncertainty expressed as to whether the purchaser was still alive denotes that a considerable period had elapsed between the transaction recorded and the date of the *Pro\s a)pai/deuton. But that piece can be shown to have been written shortly after the extraordinary suicide of Peregrinus, A. D. 165; for in § 14 Lucian mentions another silly fellow who had just recently purchased (*Xqe\s kai\ prw/hn) the stick of the fanatical cynic for a talent. Now Epictetus could hardly have survi