2. A. Plautius
, was sent by the emperor Clauditis in A. D. 43 to subdue Britain.
As he is called both by Tacitus and Suetonius a man of consular rank, he is perhaps the same as the A. Plautius, who was one of the consules suffecti in A. D. 29. Plautius remained in Britain four years, and subdued, after a severe struggle, the southern part of the island. Vespasian, who was afterwvards emperor. served under him and distinguished himself greatly in the war.
In the first campaign Claudius himself passed over to Bitain, and on his return to Rome celebrated a triumph for the victories which he pretended to have gained. Plautius came back to the city in A. D. 47, and was allowed by Claudius the unusual honour of an ovation; and to show the favour in which he was held by the emperor, the latter walked by his side both on his family. way to and his return from the Capitol. When subsequently his wife Pomponia Graecina was accused of religious worship unauthorised by the state, her husband was granted the privilege of deciding upon the case himself, according to the custom of the old Roman law. (D. C. 60.19
; Snet. claud.
4; Tac. Agr.