Italic personal name, perhaps derived from the praenomen Gnaivos (Gnaeus, Cn.); popular etymology derives it from naevus, ‘birthmark’ (Arnob. 3,14). The antiquity of this name in Rome, which is also widely attested in inscriptions, is suggested by the name of porta Naevia in the Servian city wall (Varro, Ling. 5,163; cf. Liv. 2,11,8). However, the family emerged politically only in the 2nd cent. BC. The most important bearer of the name is the poet N. [I 1].
Cite this pageElvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum), Schmidt, Peter L. (Constance), Schmitt, Tassilo (Bielefeld), Frigo, Thomas (Bonn) and Eck, Werner (Cologne), “Naevius”, 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 18 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e816120>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510
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