Plebeian family name, documented in Rome since the 1st cent. BC (on the derivation of asinus , on Etruscan parallels ). The family, whose most famous name-bearer was Asinus Pollio, originally came from Teate Marrucinorum (modern Chieti), was a member of the patrician class since the Augustan period and was particularly prominent in the 1st cent. AD.
Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum),
Schmidt, Peter L. (Constance),
Degani, Enzo (Bologna) and
Eck, Werner (Cologne),
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