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The praenomen Opiter is recorded for the 6th/5th century BC patrician gens Verginia (Liv. 2,17,1; 54,3; Opet(r), Fasti Capitolini 479; 402) and reported for two Latini (Varro in Fest. p. 476; Sil. 10,33); Opi in inscriptions from Praeneste is more likely to stand for Oppius . The name was probably known to the later period only in written form from early Fasti; quantity (short o in Silius) and inflexion (Opiteris or Opitris, Prisc. 2,229) are not certain. The ancient etymologies (cuius pater avo vivo mortuus est aut ... quod avum ob patrem habeat, id est pro patre, Fest. p.…

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Rix, Helmut (Freiburg), “Opiter”, 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 17 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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