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fers to the conclusion of a treaty, but what the particular treaty may have been it is useless to conjecture. (Eckhel, vol. v. p. 337.)



C. VETTIUS AQUILFNUS, consul under M. Aurelius a. d. 162, with Q. Junius Rusticus. (Fasti; Cod. 5. tit. 25. s. 3.)


C. VETTIUS ATTICUS, consul under Gor- dianus III. a. d. 342 with C. Asinius Praetex- tatus. (Fasti ; Capitol. Gord, 26.) *

L. VETTIUS L. L. AUCTUS, a Roman scene-painter, mentioned on an extant inscription. (Fa-bretti, Inscr. p. 335, No. 501 ; R. Rochette, Lettre a M. Scliorn, p. 425, 2d. ed.) [P. S.] VETTIUS BOLA'NUS. [bolanus.] VETTIUS CATO or SCATO. [scato.] P. VETTIUS CHILO, a Roman eques en­gaged in farming the taxes in Sicily, was a wit­ness against Verres. (Cic. Verr. iii. 71.)

VETTIUS CHRYSIPPUS. [chrysippus.] VETTIUS ME'SSIUS. [messius.] VETTIUS PRISCUS. [PRiscus.J VETTIUS PRO'CULUS. [proculus.] VETTIUS SABFNUS. [sabinus.] VETTIUS SALASSUS. [salassus.] VETTIUS SCATO. [scato.] VETTIUS VALENS. [valens.] Q. VETTIUS VETTIA'NUS, a Marsian, was a contemporary of Cicero, by whom he is mentioned among the orators of the Socii and Latini. (Cic. Brut 46.)

VETULFNUS, was proscribed by the trium­virs in b.c. 43, and collected a considerable force in the south of Italy, with which he for a long time resisted the troops sent against him, but was at length killed when he was on the point of em­barking to cross over to Messana. (Appian, B. C. iv. 25.)

VETULIO, SE'NTIUS SATURNFNUS. [saturninus, sentius, No. 2.]

VETURIA, the mother of Coriolanus. [CoRio-


VETURIA GENS, anciently called VETU'-SIA, patrician and plebeian. The patrician branch of the gens was of great antiquity: according to tradition one of their number, Mamurius Veturius, lived in the time of Numa, and made the sacred ancilia. [See below.] From the fact of Mamu­rius Veturius being connected with the history of Numa, and also from his having two gentile names, we may conclude that the Veturii were of Sabine origin, and belonged to the second tribe at Rome, the Tities or Titienses. The Veturii are also mentioned in the early times of the republic, and one of them, P. Veturius Geminus Cicuriims, was consul in the eleventh year of the republic, b. c. 499. The Veturii rarely occur in the later times of the republic, and after the year b. c. 206, when L. Veturius Philo was consul, their name disap­pears ftom the Fasti. They were divided into families, bearing respectively the names of cal-vinus, crassus cicurinus, geminus cicuri-nus (both of which are given under cicurinus), and philo. The coins of the Veturia gens have no cognomen upon them. The following specimen represents on the obverse a head wearing a helmet with ti. ve., and on the reverse a man kneeling down holding in his arms a pig, which two other men are touching with their staves. The subject represented on the obverse has been variously in­terpreted ; but there can be no doubt that it re-


VETURIUS MAMURIUS is said to have been the armourer who made the eleven ancilia exactly like the one that was sent from heaven in the reign of Numa. His praises formed one of the chief subjects of the songs of the Salii. (Plut. Num. 13 ; Ov. Fast. iii. 384 ; Dionys. ii. 71 ; Festus, s. v. Mam. Vet.; comp. Diet, of Antiq. s. v. Salii.} Even the ancients themselves doubted in the reality of his existence : Varro interpreted his name as equivalent to vetus memoria (Varr. L. L. vi. 46, ed. Miiller.) Some modern writers regard Mamurius Veturius as an Etruscan artist, because he is said to have made a brazen image of the god Vertumnus. (Propert. iv. 2. 61 ; comp. Miiller, Etrusker, vol. ii. p. 252.)

VETUS, the name of a family of the Antistia gens. 1. antistius vetus, propraetor in Further Spain about b. c. .68, under whom Caesar served as quaestor. (Veil. Pat. ii. 43 ; Plut. Caes. 5 ; Suet. Caes. 7.)


3. C. antistius vetus, son of No. 2, was

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2. C. antistius vetus, son of the preceding, was taken as quaestor by Caesar out of gratitude to his father, when he was propraetor in Further Spain in b. c. 61. In b. c. 57 Vetus was tribune v of the plebs and supported Cicero in opposition to Clodius. In the civil war he espoused Caesar's party, and we find him in Syria in b. c. 45, fighting against Q. Caecilius Bassus, who had formerly been on the Pompeian side, and who now attempted to seduce the troops in the East from their allegiance to Caesar. He besieged Bassus in Apameia, but was obliged to retire on the approach of the Par-thians. In B. c. 34 Vetus carried on war against the Salassi, and in b. c. 30 was consul suffectus. He accompanied Augustus to Spain in b. c. 25, and on the illness of the emperor continued the war against the Cantabri and Astures, whom he reduced to submission. (Plut. Caes. 5 ; Cic. ad Q. Fr. ii. 1. § 3, ad Att. xiv. 9. § 3 ; Dion Cass. xlvii. 27 ; Appian, Illyr. 17 ; Dion Cass. liii. 25 ; Veil. Pat. ii. 90 ; Florus, iv. 12. § 21.) The annexed coin seems to have been struck by this C. Antistius Vetus, as triumvir of the mint. It contains on the obverse a female head with antistivs vetvs iiivir, and on the reverse various utensils of the pontifices with imp. caesar av(g.) cos. xi.

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