Wood, John T.
Discoveries at Ephesus: including the site and remains of the Great Temple of Diana — London, 1877

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Additional note on Inscription from the site of the Temple of Diana, No. 7.
The subject of this inscription must be Annius Verus, the father of the Emperor
Marcus Aurelius ; and the marriage referred to must be that of his daughter Anma
Cornificia, younger and onlv sister of Marcus Aurelius (J. Capit M. Ant. 1) to a
man of great wealth whose name is on good grounds assumed to have been Ummi-
dius Quadratus (Haakh in Pauly. Keal-encyc. v. 744), as that of then- son undoubtedly
was (Capit. 7). From the time that M. Aurelius was adopted as heir to the empire

j m, i4nrlri-m's wishes, that is, from 139, such a

by Antoninus Pius in accordance with Hadrians wisne*, , oj, _

„ 1 -> \ - • mid the name Verus is preserved in the
marriage would be fitly called i3u<n\uos . and tne name **

fifth verse, the end of which maybe k** « 0^ as legitimately as .rdfe.

&»,....., In the fourth verse Verus is called ■ father' of Quadratus, whereas he was

in fact only father-in-law : but there is reason to think that the true relationship was
described in the now mutilated prose heading. VariPa qfc .... may be read as
«ariP„ u,a^„ which can only mean 'father by marriage;' ,„W, usually a son-

1 *v„c i,v mirriace and once is employed where
■ n-law. *«*» «"*" ° J" TdTZo^ 9 4> so that its combination with
a step-father is the subject P^/*™* ^ 'father of Annius Verus was a
«r* would exclude ambiguity in e,h -L I he Dio ^

distinguished man, twice consul, and city prefect (cap 1 ,

box. „). Annius Verus himself died in .he praetorship (Capit .*.), andataneariy
age. He must have been alive in rso, when If. Aurehus a the ag of eight wa,
, c i" tr^t A\ for a fatherless son was not admissible (Borghesi,
received among the Sal,, (Capit 4>,«»MM ^^ ^^

ffiW, iv. 511) ; but he cannot have lived ,nuch g
debts of virtue to him only indirectly through the reputation

1 •„ fi^ rnse of his grandfather and mothei (1. 1,

he left behind him, not directly, as in the °f fc ^ ^

as rightly understood by C~^>J£ titles as Jght naturally be
inscription, ' a consular, a pont.fex, are uc Corni_

bestowed under the empire on a person standing near co

ficia, who seems to have borne a third name ^^^J^l"^
she is mentioned in two Inscriptions (Orelli-Henzen, 5475, 547* : of. Borghesi, in.
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