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Additional personal name. In the Roman Empire outside of Italy, the nomen gentile system (Personal names III.) was uncommon. Thus, from the 2nd century AD, names consisting of just one word reappear, first in the East, where people often had an indigenous name in addition to a Greek name, e.g. Διονύσιος ὁ καὶ Ἀμόις, AD 79 [1. 5,119]. The supernomen (only in Quirace/Κυριακή supernomen Micines/'little one', CIL V 6260) oder signum ('distinguishing mark') was added to the Roman name by means of qui/quae et or qui vocatur or signo etc. (P. Tadius Saturninus qui et Sterceius/'l…

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Rix, Helmut (Freiburg), “Supernomen”, 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 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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