PLAU2970 M. Plautius (22) Hypsaeus


son of
? M. Plautius (21) Hypsaeus (cos. 125) (Brennan 2000)
married to
Aurelia (A) Orestilla (daughter of? L. Aurelius (180) L. f. L. n. Orestes (cos. 126)) (Zmeskal 2009) Expand

VM 4.6.3


  • Praetor before 100 Asia (Broughton MRR III) Expand
    • Praetor or Propraetor in Asia before 90, possibly before 100 B. C. (I. v. Priene 121; see Magie, Roman Rule in Asia Minor 1579). Munzer however believes that he was a Legate under Sulla and identifies him with the M. Plautius, Prefect of an allied fleet, which he was bringing back from Asia when he committed suicide at the news of the death of his wife Orestilla (Val. Max. 4.6.3). See below, Prefects of uncertain date. (Broughton MRR II Appendix 2)
    • Some provincial cistophori of Ephesus are dated to year 13 and bear on the reverse in Latin letters the name C. Atin(ius) C. f. (see F. S. Kleiner, The Dated Cistophori of Ephesus, ANSMusN 18, 1972, 17-32, esp. 29-30; and now G. Stumpf, C. Atinius C. f., Praetor in Asia, 122-121 v. Chr. auf einem Kistophor, ZPE 61, 1985, 186-190). The era, known from later cistophori, began in 134-133 B.C., more probably, as K. J. Rigsby has shown (Phoenix 33, 1972, 39-47), with the grant of freedom to Ephesus by the will of Attalus III than from the organization of the province of Asia, while the number 13 dates this issue of cistophori to 122-121 B.C. The name in Latin letters, on the analogy of the names on later cistophori, must be that of the Roman praetorian governor of that year. This date opens the way, as Stumpf has shown, to identifying him with both the C. (Atinius) Labeo (3) (see above and MRR 2.462) named in I. Priene 121, lines 15-22 and C. Atinius Labeo Macerio (10), Tr. pl. 131 or 130 (see above). It also suggests that the Piso mentioned in I. Priene 121 may be the consul of 112, who was praetor ca. 115, that Hypsaeus may be a son of the consul of 125 and so praetor in Asia before 100, while M. Iunius Silanus Murena (170, and see above), a Murena adopted by a Iunius Silanus, held a quaestorship at the latest in the early nineties. (Broughton MRR III)
    • (MRR 2.465).Named in I. Priene 121, ll. 15-22, as governors of Asia to whom the honorand went as envoy, but the dates can be listed only as before 90, some perhaps even before 100. A second part of the inscription lists embassies to many cities, and a third includes one to King Seleucus, son of King Antiochus, to be dated either before his accession in 95 or else failing to recognize him as king. See Sumner, GRBS 19, 1978, 147-153; cf. I. Priene 551. (Broughton MRR III)
    • p. 746, footnote 247 (Brennan 2000)
  • Praefectus Classis 84 (Broughton MRR II Appendix 2) Expand
    • In command of a fleet, probably a Praefectus Classis, and when returning from Asia committed suicide for grief at the loss of his wife Orestilla, at Tarentum (Val. Max. 4.6.3). (Broughton MRR II Appendix 2)
    • C.69 (Suolahti 1955)