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Festus, Pesce'nnius

a senator, put to death without trial by the emperor Severus, A. D. 196-7, after his victory over Albinus. (Spartian. Severus, 13; comp. D. C. 75.8; Herodian. iii. p. 115.) An historian of this name is mentioned by Lactantius (Instit. 1.21), in speaking of the human sacrifices practised at Carthage. Lactantius calls the history of Festus Satura, i. e. a miscellany.


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