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Clearchus to death. But though she was success­ful in this instance, she could not long maintain her ground against the increasing influence of Pa-rysatis: and the latter at length became so con­fident in her power over the mind of her son, that she determined to remove Stateira by poison, a purpose which she at length effected, notwith­standing the vigilance of the young queen. Arta-xerxes, though deeply affected at her death, did not venture to punish his mother, but put to death her maid Gigis, who had been her accomplice in the plot. (Plut. Artax. 5, 6,17—19 \ Ctesias, Pers. §§ 60, 61.)

2. The sister and wife of Dareius Codomannus, celebrated as the most beautiful woman of her time. She accompanied her husband on his march to the battle of Issus (b. c. 333), and was taken prisoner, together with her mother-in-law Sisy-gambis and her daughters, after that battle. They were all treated with the utmost respect and courtesy by the generous conqueror, but Stateira died shortly before the battle of Arbela, B. c. 331. She was honoured by Alexander with a splendid funeral, and he sent a special envoy to apprise Dareius of her fate. (Curt. iii. 3. § 22, 11. § 24 —26,12. §§ 11,15,22, iv. 10. §§ 18—34 ; Arrian. Anal. ii. 11, 12, iv. 19, 20 ; Plut. Aleoc. 21, 30 ; Justin. xi. 9, 12.)

3. The eldest daughter of Dareius Codomannus, who was offered by him in marriage to Alexander the Great, before the battle of Arbela, and whom the conqueror actually married at Susa (b.c. 324), is called by Diodorus, Plutarch, Curtius, and Justin, Stateira, but according to Arrian her real name was Barsine (Diod. xvii. 107; Curt. iv. 5. § 1 ; Plut. Alex. 70 ; Justin. xii. 10 ; Arrian, Anab. vii. 4. §5.) For her subsequent fortunes, see bar-sine.

4. A sister of Mithridates the Great, who was put to death by his orders at Pharnacia, together with her sister Roxana, and his two wives Bere­ nice and Mouinia, for fear of their falling as cap­ tives into the hands of Lucullus. Stateira met her fate with a dignity and composure worthy of her royal birth. She was about forty years of age, but unmarried. (Plut. Lucutt. 18.) [E. H. B.J

STATIA GENS. This name appears to have been originally Lucanian or Samnite, for theStatii, mentioned before the time of Julius Caesar, all belong to the nations of southern Italy, with the solitary exception of T. Statius who is said to have been tribune of the plebs at Rome in B. c. 475. The Statii first acquired historical importance by the exploits of L. Statius Murcus, the legatus of Caesar, whose name appears on coins [Muucus], but none of them obtained the consulship during the repub­lican period, and the first person of the name who was raised to this honour was L. Statius Quadratus, in A. d. 142. T]ie Statii bore several cognomens, which are given below.

STATIANUS, O'PPIUS. [Oppius, No. 17.]

STATIANUS, MA'NLIUS, a'senator in the reign of Probus, a speech of whose is preserved by Vopiscus. (Prob. 12.)

STATILIA GENS, was originally a Lucanian family, and not a Roman gens. Towards the end of the republic, however, the Statilii began to take part in public affairs at Rome, and one of them, namely T. Statilius Taurus, obtained the consul­ship in b. c. 37. All the Statilii of any historical importance bore the cognomen taurus. A few



literary persons of this name are mentioned with other cognomens, which are given below. On coins we find the surname of Taurus.

STATILI A MESSALLINA. [messallina.] STATrLIUS. 1. stenjus statilius, as he is called by Pliny, or statius statilius, accord­ing to Valerius Maximus, the leader of the Luca-nians, who attacked Thurii. The tribune of the plebs, C. Aelius, brought forward a law at Rome, directed against this Statilius, in consequence of which the inhabitants of Thurii rewarded him -with a golden crown. (Plin. //. N. xxxiv. 6. s. 15; Val. Max. i. 8. § 6.)

2. marius statilius, a Lucanian, commanded a troop of Lucanian cavalry under the Roman con­suls in the campaign against Hannibal, in b.c. 216. (Liv. xxii. 42.)

3. L. statilius, a man of equestrian rank, was one of Catiline's conspirators and was put to death with Lentulus and the others, in the Tullia-num. (Sail. Cat. 17, 43, 46, 47, 55 ; Cic. in Cat. iii. 3, 6 ; Appian, B. C. ii. 4.)

4. statilius, a very bad actor, mentioned by Cicero in his oration for Roscius the comic actor (c. 10).

5. L. statilius, an augur spoken of by Cicero in B. c. 45. (Cic. ad Ait. xiL 13, 14.)

6. statilius, a young man and a great ad­mirer of Cato, was with him at Utica at the time of his death, and wished to follow his example, by putting an end to his own life, but was prevented by his friends from so doing. He served in the republican army after the death of Caesar, and fell at Philippi. (Plut. Cat. min. 65, 66, 73.)

7. Q. statilius, was prevented by Augustus from holding the tribunate of the plebs, which was intended for him in b. c. 29. (Dion Cass. Iii. 42.)




STATILIUS MAXIMUS, a Roman gram­marian, frequently quoted by Charisius, wrote a work J)e Singularibus apad Oiceronem, and Com­mentaries upon Cato and Sallust. (Charisius, pp. 175, 192, 176, et alibi, ed. Putschius.)


STATILIUS TAURUS, at whose expense the first amphitheatre of stone was built at Rome, is wrongly inserted by some writers in the list of ancient artists. (See taurus, and Diet. ofAntiq. art. Amphitkeatrum.) 2d ed.) [P. S.j

STATINUS or STATILI'NUS, a Roman di­ vinity, to whom sacrifices were offered at the time when a child began to stand or run alone. (August. De Civ. Dei, iv. 21 ; Tertullian. De Anim. 39 ; Varro, ap. Non. p. 528.) [L. S.]

STATIRA. [s'imtejra.]

STATIUS. 1. T. statius, tribune of the Plebs, B. c. 475, in, conjunction with his colleague L. Caecidius, brought an accusation against Sp. Ser-vilius Priscus Structus, the consul of the preceding year. (Liv. ii. 52.)

2. statius, a literary slave of Q. Cicero, whom he subsequently manumitted, had given offence to M. Cicero. (Cic. ad Ait. ii. 18, 19, vi. 2, xii. 5, ad Q. Fr. i. 2. § t, i. 3. § 8, ad Fam. xvi. 16.)

3. statius, the Samnite, put to death by the triumvirs in b. c. 43 (Appian, B. C. iv. 25), is probably the same as the celebrated C. Papius Mutilus, one of the leaders of the Samnites in Social war. [MuTiLUS.J

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