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Antōnius Pallas, Marcus


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Freedman of Antonia 2 the Younger and financial secretary of her son Claudius. His wealth, success, and arrogant temper made him unpopular. Devoted to Iulia Agrippina and alleged to be her lover, he successfully promoted her candidature in the competition to marry Claudius after the execution of Messallina; he also hastened Claudius' adoption of her son Nero. The senate voted him ornamenta praetoria and a sum of money: he refused the money and received public commemoration for virtue and frugality. After the accession of Nero, Pallas, like Agrippina, was gradually and firmly thrust aside from power. Compelled to resign his office, he stipulated that no questions should be asked, that his accounts be regarded as balanced. Finally, he was put to death by Nero, because of his wealth, it is said (ad 62).

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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