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VITA PASSIENI CRISPI1
PASSIENUS 2 CRISPUS, municeps Viselliensis, tirocinio suo in senatu ita coepit : "Patres conscripti et tu Caesar! propter quod simulata oratione 4 plenissime a Tiberio conlaudatus est.5 Plurimas sponte causas apud centumviros egit, pro qua re in basilica Iulia eius statua posita est. Consulatus duos gessit. Uxores habuit duas, primam Domitiam, deinde Agrippinam, illam amitam, hanc matrem Neronis Caesaris. Possedit bis milies sestertium. Omnium principum gratiam adpetivit, sed praecipue C. Caesaris, quem iter facientem secutus est pedibus. Hic nullo audiente ab Nerone7 interrogatus, haberetne sicut ipse cum sorore germana consuetudinem, "Nondum" inquit, quantumvis decenter et caute, ne aut negando eum argueret aut adsentiendo 9 semet mendacio dehonestaret. Periit per fraudem Agrippinae, quam heredem reliquerat, et funere
publico elatus est.
1 Sigla: P cod. Montepessulanus, 125, formerly Pithoeanus, ninth century; Scod. Sangallensis, 870, ninth century.
2 Passienus, added by Reiff.
3 municeps Viselliensis, omitted by Reiff.
4 simulata oratione, Jahn; simuloratione, PS; simulatione, Pithoeus. 5 est, added by Jahn. 6 C., added by Lipsius. 7 Caesare, Reiff.; the reference is to Gaius Caligula.
8 negando, Lipsius; negantem, PS: negans, Pithoeus.
THE LIFE OF PASSIENUS
PASSIENUS CRISPUS, a native of Visellium, began his first speech in the senate with these words: "Conscript fathers and you, Caesar," and was in consequence highly commended by Tiberius, though not sincerely. He voluntarily pleaded a number of cases in the court of the Hundred," and therefore his statue was set up in the Basilica Julia. He was twice consul. He married twice: first Domitia and then Agrippina, respectively the aunt and the mother of the emperor Nero. He possessed an estate of two hundred million sesterces. He tried to gain favour with all the emperors, but especially with Gaius Caesar, whom he attended on foot when the emperor made a journey. When he was asked by Nero in a private conversation whether he had commerce with his own sister, as the emperor had with his, he replied "Not yet"; a very fitting and cautious answer, neither accusing the emperor by denying the allegation, nor dishonouring himself with a lie by admitting it. He was slain by the treachery of Agrippina, whom he had made his heir, and was honoured with a public funeral.
9adsentiendo, Lipsius; adsentientem, PS; adsentiens,
a See note on Aug. xxxvi.
• Gaius is obviously intended, instead of Nero.
In the Roman Forum.