Te'tricus, C. Pesu'vius Pive'sus
twenty-fourth on the list of Pollio, son of the pre ceding, although a child at the time of his father's elevation, was forthwith proclaimed Caesar. Whether he subsequently received the title of Augustus is a matter of doubt, since the evidence afforded by medals, our surest guide in such matters, is in the present instance indistinct and contradictory.
He shared the favour displayed towards his father by Aurelian, was treated with distinction by the princes who followed, and passed with credit through all the grades of Senatorian rank, transmitting his patrimony, undiminished, to his heirs.
The house of the Tetrici. on the Caelian hill, was still in existence when Pollio wrote, and contained a picture in which Aurelian was represented in the act of investing the father and son with senatorial robes, receiving from them, in return, a sceptre and civic crown.
We have given, above, the names of these two personages as exhibited by Eckhel.
The family designation Pesuvius
seems established, beyond a question, by coins and inscriptions, but we cannot so readily admit Pivesus,
which Eckhel supposes to have been derived by the son from a mother Pivesa.
In the first place, Pesuvius and Pivesus, or their contractions, are never found together upon the same piece. Secondly, PIVESUS, PIVESU, PIVES, and PIV., appear only in the silver and small brass coins, all of which are of rude and inferior workmanship, while the gold, which are executed with care and skill, present uniformly C. PES. TETRICUS. CAES., and hence we are inclined to conclude that Pivesus was a mispronunciation, by barbarous lips, of Pesuvius,
and had no real existence as a distinct name.