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[1] Roman cognomen

Roman cognomen (“child desired by parents”), very widespread in the Imperial period; equally commonly a slave name.


1 Kajanto, Cognomina, 75; 77; 296

2 H. Solin, Die stadtrömische Sklavennamen, vol. 1, 1994, 110-111.

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[2] Flavius O. Imperial gram…

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Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum), Portmann, Werner (Berlin) and Wermelinger, Otto (Fribourg), “Optatus”, 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 24 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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