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Roman family name (in inscriptions also Opeimius), possibly derived from the (undocumented) cognomen Opimus (cf. Quint. Decl. 302). The family gained notoriety through O. [1] in the 2nd cent. BC, but in the 1st cent. BC no longer played a role in politics.

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[1] O., L. Consul in 121 BC, declared opponent of the Gracchi

In 125 BC, he was praetor urbanus and destroyed the rebellious town of Fre…

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Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) and Bringmann, Klaus (Frankfurt/Main), “Opimius”, 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 19 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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