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seemed to have been struck with a blind­ness which prevented him from seeing the odious vices and public crimes of this dangerous man. At the time of the great troubles at Thessalonica, in a. d. 390, Rufinus held the important post of magister officiorum, and having great influence in the imperial cabinet, excited the vindictive Theo-dosius to those cruel measures which brought ruin upon that flourishing city. In 392 Rufinus was consul, and raised himself to the dignity of praefectus praetorio by deposing the then prefect Tatianus, sending him into exile, and putting to death his son Proculus, the praefect of Constanti­nople. In consequence of these proceedings, and his boundless rapacity through which the eastern provinces were nearly ruined, Rufinus incurred the general hatred ; and the empire was surprised when, after the death of Theodosius in the same year, 392, he continued his former influence over the weak Arcadius. There were, however, men in the empire able, to cope with him, and little dread­ing his power. Among these Stilicho and Eutro-pius were the principal, and they consequently became objects of fear and hatred to Rufinus. In order to divert the attention of these powerful nien from his own person, and prevent them from joining in Constantinople for his destruction, Ru­finus persuaded the Huns and the Goths to make an inroad into the empire. The former came from Scythia by sea, landed in Asia Minor, and carried destruction as far as Antioch, where their farther progress was arrested. The Goths were met by the brave Stilicho who, owing to the machinations of Rufinus, sustained more defeats than he obtained victories, and was unable to chastise the barbarians as they deserved. They retreated, however, and now Stilicho entered with Gainas, the Gothic ally of Arcadius, into a plan for ruining Rufinus. Gainas soon gained the assistance of his officers, and approached Constantinople under the pretext of having his troops reviewed by the emperor. Rufinus had meanwhile prevailed upon Arcadius to make him co-emperor, and they set out from Constantinople to meet the returning army, and have the proclamation made in presence of Gainas and his men, whom they thought devoted to the all-powerful minister. Rufinus was so sure of his nomination, that he had already money coined with his effigy, destined to be distributed among the soldiers. Arcadius and Rufinus arrived in the camp of Gainas on the 27th of November 395, and the solemnity was on the point of taking place, when suddenly one of Gainas' men rushed upon Rufinus, who stood close to the emperor, and plunged his sword in his breast. Others soon fol­lowed his example, and in a moment Rufinus fell a victim to their fury. His head was cut off, stuck upon a spear, and paraded through the camp. His right hand was likewise cut off, and a soldier carried it about among his comrades, cry­ing in mockery, " Charity, charity to the hand that could never get enough ! " Arcadius fled in con­sternation from the scene of murder, but his fears .were soon removed, and he agreed to confiscate the immense property of Rufinus. Of this Eu-tropius, who was secretly privy to the murder, got the lion's share. Others, who had been robbed by Rufinus, tried to obtain an indemnity by seizing .whatever they could find belonging to him, till at last Arcadius issued an edict, at the instigation of JSutropius, by which the whole residue of the pro-

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perty of Rufinus was declared to be imperial, or more properly speaking Eutropian, property. The wife and daughter of Rufinus were exiled to Jeru­ salem, and there died in peace many years after. Rufinus was the brother of Saint Sylvia. (Clau- dian. Rufinus; Suidas, s. v. 'Povfivos ; Sozom. vii. 24, &c.; Zosim. lib. iv. v.; Theodoret. v. 17, &c.; Philostorg. xi. 1, &c.) [W. P.]

RUFINUS, M. ANTO'NIUS, consul a. d 131, with Ser. Octavius Laenas Pontianus. (Fasti.)

RUFINUS, CAECI'LIUS, a man of quaes-torian rank, was expelled by Domitian, when censor, from the senate because he danced. (Dion Cass. Ixvii. 13 ; Suet. Dom. 8.)

RUFINUS, CORNE'LIUS. Rufinus was the name of an ancient family of the Cornelia gens, from which family the dictator Sulla was de­scended.

1. P. cornelius rufinus, dictator b. c. 334, was obliged to lay down his office on account of a fault in the auspices at his election. (Liv. viii.

17.)

2. P. cornelius P. p. rufinus, probably son

of the preceding, was twice consul and once dic­tator. He was consul for the first time in b. c. 290, with M\ Curius Dentatus, and in conjunction with his colleague brought the Samnite war to a conclusion, and obtained a triumph in consequence. [dentatus.] He was consul a second time in b. c. 277, with C. Junius Brutus Bubulcus, and carried on the war against the Samnites and the Greeks in Southern Italy, who were now deprived of the powerful protection of Pyrrhus. The chief event of his second consulship was the capture of the important town of Croton. Rufinus bore a bad character on account of his avarice and dis­honesty, but he was at the same time one of the most distinguished generals of his time ; and ac­cordingly C. Fabricius, his personal enemy, is said to have supported his application for his second consulship in b. c. 277, because the Romans stood in need of a general of experience and skill on account of their war with Pvrrhus. But as

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Pyrrhus had left Italy in the middle of the preceding year, Niebuhr remarks (Hist, of Rome, vol. iii. note 903) that the support of Fabricius must refer to his first consulship, or perhaps with even more probability to his dictatorship, the year of which is not mentioned, but which Niebuhr refers to b. c. 280, after the defeat of the Romans at the Siris. In b. c. 275, Rufinus was expelled from the senate by the censors C. Fabricius and Q; Aemilius Papus, on account of his possessing ten pounds of silver plate. (Liv. Epit. 11 ; Eutrop. ii. 9 ; Cic. de Orat. ii. 66 ; Quintil. xii. 1. § 43 ; Gell. iv. 8 ; Dion Cass. Fragm. 37; Veil. Pat. ii. 17 ; Frontin. Strut, iii. 6. § 4; Zonar. viii. 6 ; Liv. Epit. ]4; Gell. xvii. 21; Val. Max. ii. 9. §4; Macrob.Sto. i. 17 ; Plut. Sull. 1.) Rufinus is said to have lost his sight in sleep, while dreaming of this misfor-tune. (Plin. H. N. vii. 50, s. 51.) His grandson was the first of the family who assumed the sur­name Of Sulla. [StiLLA.]

RUFINUS, C. CU'SPFUS, consul a.d. 142, with L. Statius Quadratus. (Fasti.)

RUFINUS, JU'NIUS. 1. A. junius ru­finus, consul a. d. 153 with C. Bruttius Praesens. (Fasti.)

2. M. junius rufinus sabinianus, consul a. d. 155 with C. Julius Severus. (Fasti.)

lUTFJ'NUS, LICI'NIUS, a jurist, who lived

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