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A. Patricians and Nobility

It was generally assumed during the late Roman Republic that under the Monarchy and the early Republic political and religious power rested in the hands of a series of patrician gentes ( gens ). The origins of the patrician class were traced back to Romulus (Liv. 1,8,7). The patrician gentes sometimes belonged to one family, but more frequently to several, not necessarily closely related families. Some of the gentes derived their des…

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Crawford, Michael Hewson (London), “Nobiles”, 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 31 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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