Created: 17th October 2013
Update:  8th December 2017
Status Republic: Patrician:     Pleb. Nobilis:       Senatorial: X    Eques Romanus:      Local magistrates X
Republican Family / Cognomen
Patrician n/a
Pleb. Nobilis n/a
Senatorial no cognomen
Equestrian n/a
Local magistrat. none, Balbinus
Uncertain n/a
Imperial Family / Cognomen
Imperators n/a
Consular Modestus, Pompusianus,
Senatorial Modestus, Rufus
Equestrian Modestus, Rufus
Equestrian (mil) Maternus
Local magistrat. Androbios, Eireinaios,
Uncertain Carus
Republican Consuls, Tribunes with consular power, Dictators, Magister Equitum, Censors 0
Imperial Consuls and Emperors (Augusti and Caesars) 4 incl. 0 emperors
Notes: or Metius. Many local Mettii in Liguria and Transpadana.
Literature Absil: Prefets du Pretoire (1997) p.222 discards M. Mettius Rufus RE11 as praef praetorio c.100
Alföldy: Gallia Cisalpina (1999) p.340 (§31 M. Mettius RE2, suggest he could be from Transpadana or Lanuvium)
Balland, Andre: Fouilles de Xanthos Tome VII: Inscriptions d'époque impériale du Létôon, in , 1981, p.136-140 on Mettii of Lycia (NOT AVAILABLE TO ME)
Bastianini, G: "Lista dei prefetti d'Egitto dal 30a al 299p", in ZPE Bd. 17 (1975), p.277-278 M. Mettius Rufus M572; note M566 not mentioned as praefect.
Bastianini, G: "Lista dei prefetti d'Egitto dal 30a al 299p: aggiunte e correzioni"", in ZPE Bd. 38 (1980), p79 M. Mettius Rufus M572
Bowersock, G.W.: "Hadrian and metropolis", in Bonner Historia-Augusta Colloquium 1982/3, (1985), p.82-86 
has dated a new Mettius Modestus as governor of Lycia-Pamp c.130/1, when Hadrian was visiting (ARTICLE NOT AVAILABLE TO ME)
Burnand: Primores Galliarum (2010) p.208-209 (§84 E70 M. Mettius Modestus M566), p.306-313 (§130 E107 M. Mettius Rufus M572)
firmly sets the familiy in Arelate in Narbonensis.
Cairns, Francis: "Epaphroditus, Φαινιανοκορίοιϛ and 'Modestus' (Suda e 2004)", in ZPE Bd. 124 (1999), pp. 218-222 rejects Modestus M566 as
praefect of Egypt and thus also the son Petilinus.
Corbier: Aerarium (1974) p.88-91 (§25 L. Pompusius Mettius, she prefers 80-83 over 77-80 as his 4 year term of office; since the prefect is an ex.praetor he
cannot be the same man as Mettius Pompusianus cos suff 70/75)
Eck, Werner: "Jahres- und Provinzialfasten der senatorische Statthalter von 69/70 bis 138/139", in  Chiron Bd.13, 1983, 169-173 (Mettius Modestus, leg of Lycia 130/1-132/3; based on Bowersock)
Eck, Werner:  "Epigraphische Untersuchungen zu Konsuln und Senatoren des 1.-3. Jh. N. Chr." in ZPE, Bd. 37 (1980), pp. 54-60 discusses Mettius Modestus and his descendent 
and where the family come from (Arles or Lycia-Paphlagonia, for which a case can be made.
Engelmann, Helmut: "Zur Lykiarchie", in ZPE Bd. 158 (2006), pp. 183-186 mentions Mettius Androbius as Lyciarch.
d'Escurac: La préfecture de l'annone (1976) p.328  (M. Mettius Rufus M572)
Groag: Achaia (1939) p.47 (M. Mettius Rufus M571)
Hall, A.S., Milner, N.P. and Coulton, J.J.: "The Mausoleum of Licinnia Flavilla and Flavianus Diogenes of Oinoanda: Epigraphy and Architecture", in Anatolian Studies, Vol. 46 (1996), pp. 111-144
with p.138-139 dealing with Lycian Mettii.
PIR letter M p.277 stemma of Mettius Modestus M566
Reinmuth, O.W.: "A Working List of the Prefects of Egypt 30 B.C. To 299 A.D", in The Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists, Vol. 4, 1967, 
p.81-82 (Mettius Modestus M566 possibly, but doubtfully, a praefect under Nero), p.89 (M. Mettius Rufus M572)
Reitzenstein, Denise: "Die lykischen Bundespriester: Repräsentation der kaiserzeitlichen Elite Lykiens", Akademie Verlag GmbH, 2011, p.204-205 §54 Mettius Androbios
Remy: Carrieres Senatoriales (1989) p.291-293 (§238 C. Trebonius Proculus Mettius Modestus cos 103)
Rutledge: Imperial Inquisitions (2001) p.245-246 (§62 Mettius Carus M562)
Salomies: Nomenclature (1992) p.97 (/§16 M. Iunius Mettius Rufus cos 128 AD; doubts that Rufus relates to a Iunius Rufus, more likely related to a Mettius.)
Settipani: Continuite (2000) p.401, note 2 on M. Iunius Mettius Rufus cos 128 and his descent, either as a Mettius Rufus adopted by a M. Iunius
or a M. Iunius whose mother was a Mettia Rufa.
Shackleton Bailey: "Two Studies" (1976), p.53 (Metius RE1: Metius, Mettius or Maecius)
Stein: Präfekten von Ägypten (1950) p.32-33 (M. Mettius Modestus M566), p.44-46 (M. Mettius Rufus M572)
Taylor: Voting Districts (1960/2013) p.235 (M. Mettius RE2)
Wiseman: New Men (1971) p.241 (§253 M. Mettius RE2)
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Statius Metius
Oscan commander of Hannibal at Casilinum 214
P. Mettius
supporter of L.Appuleius Saturninus 100
RE2 RE1 CIL-VI-22475 CIL-X-3914/15 Notizie degli Scavi di Antichita 1885 p.57
M. Mettius Mettius C. Mettius N.f. L. Mettius L. Mettius L.f. Balbinus
from Lanuvium, thus tribus Mae. merchant ment trib.Quirina II vir aed at Capua trib. Stel.
or he was from Gallia Transpadana by Cicero 44 republican era IV vir at Torino
envoy 58 to Ariovist (M. Metius)
monet 44
M566 Dem540 Pf21a
M. Mettius Modestus
proc Aug Syria (CC) c.45/50
praef proc Aegypt c.56/59 (called Modestus)
~ Cutia Prisca
M565 ? M567 M572 RE10 M569 M570 RE Pompus P783 RE Pompus M562 RE7
(M.?) Mettius Modestus     M. Mettius Rufus (Mettius) Petelinus Mettius Pompusianus L. Pompusius Mettius […]nus Mettius Carus
praeses Lycia-Pamph praef annonae -88 filius Modestus who was cos suff 70/75 praef aerar Saturnini 80-83 freedman of Nero, delator
cos suff 82 praef Aegyp 89-91/92 praef Aegypt exiled to Corsica by Domitian prosecuted vestal Cornelia 83
M567 M. Mettius Modestus grave damnatio memoriae † mid 90s exc. by Domitian prosecuted Herennius Senecio 93(exc)
~ (Hono?)rata prosecuted Fannia c.93 (exiled), wife of Helvidius Priscus
last mention 96
† 96 possibly exc after death of Domitian
M571 RE11 Rüpke2448   M568 RE9
M. Mettius M.f. Rufus       (Mettia Rufa)     C. Trebonius Proculus Mettius Modestus  
tribus Teretina, Arelate in Narbo possibly adopted by a C.Trebonius Proculus
pr, procos Achaia, exiled probably 93
curator viae Aureliae ~ (Iunius Rufus) leg Aug pro pr Lycia-Pamph 99-102 cos suff 103
legatus Augusti unknown province, ?? procos Asia 119/120
fetialis after Achaia  
cf Bowerstock above J777 not in RE Reitzenstein 35
Mettius Modestus   M. Iunius Mettius Rufus Mettius Eirenaios
leg Aug pro pr Lycia-Pamph cos suff 128 from Xanthos in Lycia
130/1-132/3 or son of RE11 adopted by a M.Iunius. the Lycian Mettii derive their nomen from Mettius Modestus
either M568 or the legatus of 131
Reitzenstein 54   M573
Mettius Androbios       Mettia Kleonis   Mettia [Pto]lemais
from Xanthos in Lycia
Lyciarch and archireus Lycia 150 ~ Claudius Longus ~ Flavius
flamen Aug in Lycia 150 cos suff
Reitzenstein 121    
(Mettius)       Mettia Androbiane ~ Claudius Eirenaios
archireus Lycia
L.? or P.? Met(t)ius Mi[.]esius Claudia Androbiane
amicus of C. Iulius Asper cos 212
~ Flavianus Diogenes
UNCERTAIN DATE                                                                        
M. Mettius M.f. Maternus
trb. Galeria from Gades in Baetica,
tr leg XII Ful in Cappadocia
lived 52 years