Roman cognomen (possibly from silus, 'snub-nosed'; according to the ancient interpretation from silanus, a gargoyle in the form of a head of Silenus), in the Republican period hereditary in the family of the Iunii (Iunius [I 28-35; II 29-41]); in the Imperial period also in other families.
Degrassi, FCap., 148
Kajanto, Cognomina, 237.
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Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum),
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 29 July 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1112640>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510