Ventidius (fully P. VENTIDIUS BASSUS), a Picenian who had been taken captive by the Romans, and afterwards rose through many low employments to the rank of consul in consequence of his military aid during the wars of the triumvirate. He was sent by Marc Antony as his legate into Asia (B.C. 39), and in the end took possession of nearly the entire country, defeating the Parthians, and finally gaining a triumph at Rome, B.C. 36. These exploits are recited by Josephus (Ant. 14:15 sq.), and the Roman historians. See Smith, Dict. of Class. Biog. s.v.

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