A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890

5. Q.Considius, the usurer, may perhaps be the same as the preceding, especially as the anecdote related of him is in accordance with the character which Cicero gives of the senator. It is related of this Considius, that, when in the Catilinarian conspiracy, B. C. 63, the value of all property had been so much depreciated that it was impossible even for the wealthy to pay their creditors, he did not call in the principal or interest of any of the sums due to him, although he had 15 millions of sesterces out at interest, endeavouring by this indulgence to mitigate, as far as he could, the general alarm. (V. Max. 4.8.3; comp. Cic. Att. 1.12.)