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Numa Pompilius
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(Νομᾶς/Nomâs, Νόμας/Nómas, Νουμᾶς/Noumâs). In the ancient tradition the second king of Rome after Romulus, founder of Roman sacred law and Roman state cult (sacra publica: Liv. 1,32,2).

The patronymic ‘Numas’ in an Etruscan inscription on an urn from Perugia from the Hellenistic period (ET Nr. Pe 1.11; [3. 350]) constitutes no proof of an Etruscan origin for the name (different e.g. [1. 88]). According to tradition N. hailed from the city of Cures in the land of the Sabines. His birthday coincides with the …

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Haase, Mareile (Toronto), “Numa Pompilius”, 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 29 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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