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Petilius. A governor of the Capitol. (Compare the commentators on Horace, 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.

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