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Thrasea, P. Paetus

A distinguished Roman senator and Stoic philosopher in the reign of Nero. He was a native of Patavium, and was probably born soon after the death of Augustus. He made the younger Cato his model, of whose life he wrote an account. He married Arria, the daughter of the heroic Arria who showed her husband, Caecina, how to die; and his wife was worthy of her mother and her husband. At a later period he gave his own daughter in marriage to Helvidius Priscus, who trod closely in the footsteps of his father-in-law. After incurring the hatred of Nero by the independence of his character and the freedom with which he expressed his opinions, he was condemned to death by the Senate by command of the emperor, A.D. 66. See Hoitsema, De P. Thrasea Paeto (1852).

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