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Numerius
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During the Republican era, the praenomen Numerius (abbr. N.) was used in Roman aristocracy only by the Fabii (Fabius). They are said to have borrowed it from Samnium around 470 BC (Fest. 174 et passim). In fact, this praenomen is found most frequently during the Republican period in Oscan inscriptions: Niumsis, Νυμψισ, Νο(μ)ψισ < *Numesis (the Latin N. as well is most frequent in the former Oscan region); in addition there is the Umbrian Numesier (= Latin Nomesi; bilingual inscription [3. 9]). In Latin the…

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Rix, Helmut (Freiburg), Frigo, Thomas (Bonn), Groß-Albenhausen, Kirsten (Frankfurt/Main) and Eck, Werner (Cologne), “Numerius”, 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 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e826390>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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