Name of a Roman plebeian house (originally Ailius), verifiable from the 4th cent. BC until the late imperial era. The most important families are the Paeti (since the 4th cent. BC), Tuberones (since the 2nd cent. BC), and from the 1st cent. also the Galli and Lamiae. In the imperial era, especially since Hadrian, the most famous bearer of the name, the name Aelius is so widespread that it -- just like Flavius and Aurelius -- loses its character as nomen gentile.
Cite this pageElvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum), Giaro, Tomasz (Frankfurt/Main), Will, Wolfgang (Bonn), Kierdorf, Wilhelm (Cologne), Eck, Werner (Cologne) and Kaster, Robert A. (Princeton), “Aelius”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e104590>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510
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