Petilius. A governor of the Capitol. (Compare the commentators on
Sat. i. 4, 94.
) It is also related that he was accused of having
stolen, during his office, a golden crown, consecrated to Iupiter, and that, having pleaded
his cause in person, he was acquitted by the judges, in order to gratify Augustus, with whom
he was on friendly terms.
Iulius, one of those later Roman historians whose works form what
has been termed the Augustan History (Augusta Historia). He lived during the reigns of
Diocletian and Constantine the Great, and we have from him the lives of Antoninus Pius,
Marcus Aurelius, Verus, Pertinax, Albinus, Macrinus, the two Maximins, the three Gordians,
Maximus, and Balbinus. He wrote other lives also which have not reached us. The greater part
of his biographies are dedicated to Diocletian and Constantine. His works show carelessness
and want of proper arrangement. See Augustae Historiae Scriptores