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Senator of consular rank and courtier of Nero. Acc. to Tacitus, he had been outstanding for his indolence, though this did not prevent him from being energetic as proconsul in Bithynia and as consul. For a time he was influential enough to guide Nero in his choice of pleasures, and even when forced by Ofonius Tigellinus' intrigues to take his own life in 66, he showed himself not merely fearless but contemptuous of Stoic posturings. Instead of a will full of flattery of Nero or his current favourites, Petronius left a document denouncing him in embarrassing detail.

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