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with his company. There is another Nasidienus mentioned by Martial (vii. 54).

NASIDIUS, Q. or L.*, was sent by Pompey, in b. c. 49, with a fleet of sixteen ships to relieve Massilia, when it was besieged by Caesar's troops, under the command of D. Brutus. He was unable, however, to effect his object, was defeated by Brutus, and fled to Africa, where it appears that he had the command of the Pompeian fleet. (Caes. B.C. ii. 3—7 ; Cic. ad Att. xi. 17 ; Auctor, Bell. Afr. 64, 98.) After the conquest of Africa by Caesar, Nasidius probably fled to Spain and followed the fortunes of the Pompeian party, but he is not men­tioned again for some time. Cicero, in his seventh Philippic (c. 9), speaks of an L. Visidius, a Roman eques, who had assisted him in suppressing the conspiracy of Catiline, and who was at that time (b. c. 43) engaged in levying troops to oppose An­tony at Mutina. For L. Visidius Orelli proposes to read L. Nasidius, which occurs in a few manu­scripts, but Garatoni objects (ad loc.) that it is unlikely that Pompey would have given him the command of a fleet, unless he had held some office in the state, and we know that the appellation of Roman eques was not applied to a person after lie had been quaestor. But whether this passage refers to Nasidius or not, we do not hear of him again till b. c. 35, when he is mentioned as one of the principal officers of Sex. Pompey, who deserted to Antony upon the failing fortunes of the former. (Appian, B.C. v. 139.) He continued faithful to the fortunes of Antony in the civil war between him and Octavian, and commanded part of An­tony's fleet, which was defeated by Agrippa off Patrae, in b. c. 31, previous to the decisive battle of Actium. (Dion Cass. 1. 13.) The coin annexed refers to Nasidius: it bears on the obverse the head of Pompey with a trident and neptvni, and on the reverse a ship with q. nasidivs.

COIN OF NASIDIUS.

NASO, P. a man whom Cicero speaks of as " omni carens cupiditate," was praetor b. c. 44 (Cic. Philipp. iii. 10). He seems to be the same as Naso, the augur, whom Cicero mentioned in a letter in the preceding year (ad Att. xii. 17). The gen­tile name of Naso does not occur.

NASO, M. ACTO'RIUS. [AcToaius.]

NASO, ANTO'NIUS, a tribune of the prae­torian troops, a. d. 69 (Tac. Hist. i. 20). He may be the same person as the L. Antonius Naso, who, as we learn from coins, was procurator of Bithynia in the reign of Vespasian. (Eckhel, vol. ii. p. 404.)

NASO, L. A'XIUS, only mentioned on coins, a specimen of which is annexed. The obverse re­presents a woman's head surmounted with a helmet, with naso. s. c. ; the reverse, Diana in a chariot drawn by stags, with one dog before her and two behind her, and the legend l. axsivs. l. f.

* He is called Lucius in Caesar, but Quintus in Dion Cassius and on coins.

COIN OF L. AXIUS NASO.

NASO, JU'LIUS, an intimate friend of'Plinv

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and Tacitus, both of whom interested themselves much in his success, when he became a candidate for the public offices of the state (Plin. Ep. vi. 6, 9). One of Pliny's letters (iv. 6) is addressed to him.

NASO, L. OCTA'VIUS, whose heres was L. Flavius, praetor designatus in b. c. 59. (Cic. ad Q. Fr. i. 2. § 3.)

NASO, CN. OTACI'LIUS, is recommended by Cicero to the notice and favour of Acilius, in b. c. 46. (Cic. ad Fam. xiii. 33.)

NASO, OVFDIUS. [OviDius.]

NASO, SE'XTIUS, one of the conspirators against Caesar, b. c. 44. (Appian, B. C. ii. 113.)

NASO, VALERIUS, who had previously been praetor, was sent to Smyrna in a. d. 26, to super­intend the erection of a temple to Tiberius (Tac. Ann. iv. 56).

NASO, Q. VOCO'NIUS, the judex quaestionis in the trial of Cluentius, b. c. 66. Since Cicero in one passage calls him Q. Naso (pro Cluent. c. 53), and in another Q. Voconius (Ibid. c. 54), Garatoni and Klotz, in their notes upon Cicero's oration, make two different persons out of Q. Voconiua Naso, namely Q. Voconius, the judex quaestionis, and Q. Naso, the praetor. But Madvig has shown satisfactorily (de Ascon. p. 121), that Cicero refers only to one person, the judex quaestionis, pointing out moreover that the judices quaestionum were appointed to preside in those cases which the praetors, from their limited number, could not attend to, and that accordingly a praetor and a judex quaestionis would not be in the same court. This opinion of Madvig is also adopted by Zumpt (ad Cic. Ver. p. 234). Cicero in his oration for Flaccus, b. c. 59, speaks (c. 21) of Q. Naso, as having been praetor, but the year of his praetorship is unknown. (Orelli, Onbm. Tutt. p. 649.)

NATALIS, ANTO'NIUS, a Roman eques, was one of Piso's friends, and joined him in the conspiracy against Nero, a. d. 66, but having become suspected, and being threatened with the torture, he disclosed the names of the conspirators, and thus escaped punishment. (Tac. Ann. xv. 50, 54—56, 71.)

NATALIS, CAECI'LIUS, the person who maintains the cause of paganism in the dialogue of Minucius Felix, entitled Octavius. [felix, Mi-nucius.] Various conjectures have been made as to who this Natalis was ; but there are no sufficient data for deciding the question. (Bahr, Christl. Rom. Theoloqie, §19.)

NATALIS, MINU'CIUS or MINFCIUS. There is a rescript of Trajan to Minucius Natalis (Dig. 2. tit. 12. s. 9), who was probably a procon­sul, and may be the jurist Natalis. In this passage of the Digest his name is written Minitius Natalis. This person appears to have been also consul and augur. The letter of Pliny the Younger to his friend Minucius may probably be addressed to Minucius Fundanus. (Plin. Ep. vii. 12.)

The time of the jurist Natalis is determined as

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