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Atime'tus, P. Attius

a physician, whose name is preserved in an ancient inscription, and who was physician to Augustus. Some writers suppose that he is the same person who was a contemporary of Scribonius Largus, in the first century after Christ, and who is said by him (De Compos. Medicam. 29.120) to have been the slave of a physician named Cassius, and who is quoted by Galen (De Compos. Medicam. sec. Locos, 4.8, vol. xii. p. 771), under the name of Atimetrus (Ἀτιμητρος).

A physician of the same name, who is mentioned in an ancient inscription with the title Archiater, is most probably a different person, and lived later than the reign of Augustus. (Fabric. Bibl. Gr. vol. xiii. p. 94,; Rhodius, Note on Scribon. Larg. pp. 188-9.) [W.A.G]

There is an epitaph on Claudia Homonoea, the wife of an Atimetus, who is described as the freedman of Pamphilus, the freedman of the emperor Tiberius, which has been published by Burmann (Anth. Lat. vol. ii. p. 90), Meyer (Anth. Lat. n. 1274), and Wernsdorf (Poet. Lat. Min. vol. iii. p. 213), and is in the form of a dialogue, partly in Latin and partly in Greek, between Homonoea and her husband. This Atimetus is supposed by some writers to have been the same as the slave of Cassius, mentioned by Scribonius (Wernsdorf, vol. iii. p. 139); and Lipsius (ad Tac. Ann. 13.19) imagines both to be the same as the freedman of Domitia spoken of above; but we can come to no certainty on the point.

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