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Bassus, Pompo'nius

was consul A. D. 211, under Septimius Severus, and at a subsequent period fell a victim to the licentious cruelty of Elagabalus, who having become enamoured of his fair and high-born wife, Annia Faustina, a descendant (ἀπόγονος, probably great-grandaughter) of M. Aurelius, caused Bassus to be put to death by the senate under some frivolous pretext, and then married the widow with indecent haste. This event took place in 221.

The Bassus who was governor of Mysia under Caracalla may have been the father or the son of the above. (D. C. 78.21, 79.5 Herodian, 5.6, 5.)


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