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Maenius
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Name of a Roman plebeian family, perhaps of Etruscan origin [1. 185; 187]. The most important bearer of the name is M. [I 3]; the family is politically unimportant in the 1st cent. BC. Lex Maenia is the title of a Menippean satire of Varro (Varro Men. 153-155). The law concerned the power of the paternal head of the house; content and dating are contested [3. 1085 - 1121]. A further lex Maenia probably passed before 290 BC directed that the ‘agreement of the Senate’ (auctoritas patrum) for elections be obtained …

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Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum), Müller, Christian (Bochum), Nadig, Peter C. (Duisburg), Fündling, Jörg (Bonn) and Eck, Werner (Cologne), “Maenius”, 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 15 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e716280>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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