Gaius Ateius Capito (jurist)
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Gaius Ateius Capito Jurist
Gaius Ateius Capito (about 30 BCE - 22 CE) was a Roman jurist in the time of emperors Augustus and Tiberius. He was consul suffectus in the year 5 from July to December as the colleague of Gaius Vibius Postumus. 
Capito was a son of
the tribune of the same name, and was educated as a jurist by Aulus Ofilius. He was active as a jurist and a  senator. Capito was a strong proponent of the principate which brought him in opposition to Marcus Antistius Labeo. In the year 11, he became  curator aquarum and was responsible for water supply and regulation throughout the city of Rome. Four years later he and  Lucius Arruntius were entrusted by Tiberius to work on a plan to confine the river Tiber after heavy floods, but the project was not carried out due to heavy resistance from the populace. 
Capito also was one of seven witnesses of the
, the Roman Senate's official act concerning the trial and punishment of Senatus consultum de Cn. Pisone patre Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso, dated 10 December 20 CE. His successor in the office of  curator aquarum was Tarius Rufus. 
He does not appear to have any descendants. G.V. Sumner has speculated, based on the names, that Capito adopted the son of
Sejanus, Capito Aelianus. 
All of Capito's works are lost and are only known by their titles through quotes by later authors. Works known to have existed include:
De pontificio iure ("About pontifical law"), at least six books about laws concerning the pontifices
De iure sacrificiorum ("About sacrificial law")
Coniectanea ("Miscellaneous"), at least 9 books about various themes
De officio senatorio ("About the senatorial office") One work of unknown title about the
auguries Epistulae ("Letters")
Capito had considerable reputation as a jurist and gathered a school of jurists that became known as the
Sabinian school after his pupil and successor Masurius Sabinus. Capito's works were read and quoted until the sixth century, although more frequently by lexicographers (especially by  Sextus Pompeius Festus and Aulus Gellius) than by jurists.
^ Ronald Syme,
The Augustan Aristocracy (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989), p. 458
Smith, William, ed. (1880). . London. p. 599. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology
^ a b Frontinus,
de aquis II 102
Werner Eck, Antonio Caballos, Fernando Fernández: Das Senatus consultum de Cn. Pisone patre. Beck, München 1996, ISBN 3-406-41400-1, S. 105-106.
"The Family Connections of L. Aelius Seianus", Phoenix, 19 (1965), p. 140
^ for a list of known works, see
Der kleine Pauly, article "C. Ateius Capito"
Der kleine Pauly, articles "C. Ateius Capito" and "Sabinus Massurius"
Der kleine Pauly. Lexikon der Antike. München 1979.
C. Atei Capitornis Fragmenta, L. Strzelecki (ed.), Wroclaw, Polska Akademia Nauk, 1960.
Tacitus, Annals Frontinus, De aquis urbis Romae