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Octavius
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Widely occurring Roman nomen gentile derived from the numeral praenomen Octavus ('one born in the eighth month', which disappeared later, still surviving in Octavus Mamilius [2]). Of political importance in Rome from the 2nd cent. BC is only the older line which consecutively produced five consuls (O. [I 4-8]; preferred praenomen: Cn.; regarding the family relationships [1. 405-407]); the members of the related younger line (resident in Velitrae), on the other hand, from which the later princeps Augustus

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Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum), Fündling, Jörg (Bonn), Schmitt, Tassilo (Bielefeld), Nadig, Peter C. (Duisburg), Kaster, Robert A. (Princeton) and Eck, Werner (Cologne), “Octavius”, 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_e827930>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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