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ARRIA, in Roman history, the heroic wife of Caecina Paetus.
When her husband was implicated in the conspiracy of
Scribonianus against the emperor Claudius (A.D. 42), and
condemned to death, she resolved not to survive him. She
accordingly stabbed herself with a dagger, which she then
handed to him with the words, “Paetus, it does not hurt”
(Paete, non dolet; see Pliny, Epp. iii. 16; Martial i. 14;
Dio Cassius lx. 16). Her daughter, also called Arria, was the wife of
Thrasea Paetus. When he was condemned to death by Nero,
she would have imitated her mother’s example, but was dissuaded
by her husband, who entreated her to live for the sake
of their children. She was sent into banishment (Tacitus, Annals,
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