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Rufus, Egna'tius

2. M. Egnatius Rufus, probably son of the preceding, was aedile in B. C. 20, and gained so much popularity in this office, principally through extinguishing the fires by means of his own servants, that he obtained the praetorship for the following year in opposition to the laws, which enacted that a certain time should intervene between the offices of aedile and praetor. Encouraged by this success, he endeavoured to secure the consulship for the following year, B. C. 18; but as the consul C. Sentius Saturninus refused to receive his name as one of the candidates, he entered into a plot with persons who were, like himself, bankrupts in character and fortune, to murder Augustus. Being detected in these treasonable designs, he was thrown into prison and executed. (Vell. 2.91-93; D. C. 53.24; Suet. Aug. 19.)

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