plebeian. Only one person of this gens is mentioned under the republic, Sp. Maecius Tarpa, a contemporary of Cicero [TARPA]; but under the empire the Maecii became more distinguished though they are rarely mentioned by ancient writers. Thus we find on coins mention made of a M. Maecius Rufus, who was proconsul of Bithynia in the reign of Vespasian; in inscriptions (Gruter, p. 49. 3) of a M. Maecius Rufus who was consul with L. Turpilius Dexter, though the date of their consulship is uncertain; and in the consular Fasti of a M. Maecius Memmius Furius Placidus, who was consul A. D. 343, with Fl. Pisidius Romulus.