Lucius Volusius Maecianus

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Lucius Volusius Maecianus (c. 110 – 175) was a Roman jurist, the tutor in Law of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Originally of the equestrian class, Maecianus was adlected by emperor Marcus Aurelius into the Roman senate inter praetorios, or with the rank of praetor.[1] Maecianus was suffect consul in an undetermined nundinium around AD 166.[2]

He was praefectus annonae and augustalian prefect of Egypt in 161. While governor of Alexandria he was slain by the soldiers, as having participated in the rebellion of Avidius Cassius in 175.[citation needed] (Cassius was his son-in-law by marriage to his daughter Volusia Vettia or Volusia Maeciana (c. 135 – aft. 175), the name of his wife being unknown.)

Maecianus was the author of works on trusts (Fideicommissa), on the Judicia publica, and of a collection of the Rhodian laws relating to maritime affairs, his treatise on numerical divisions, weights and measures (Assis distributio), is extant, with the exception of the concluding portion. An edition by E. Seckel and B. Klübler, was published as part of Huschke, Jurispr. anteiust., vol. 1 (1908).


  1. ^ Anthony Birley, Marcus Aurelius: A Biography, revised edition (London: Routledge, 1993), p. 179
  2. ^ Géza Alföldy, Konsulat und Senatorenstand unter der Antoninen (Bonn: Rudolf Habelt Verlag, 1977), p. 182
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Maecianus, Lucius Volusius" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 297.
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