Italic personal name, perhaps derived from the
Gnaeus, Cn.); popular etymology derives it from
naevus, ‘birthmark’ (Arnob. 3,14). The antiquity of this name in Rome, which is also widely attested in inscriptions, is suggested by the name of
porta Naevia in the Servian city wall (Varro, Ling. 5,163; cf. Liv. 2,11,8). However, the family emerged politically only in the 2nd cent. BC. The most important bearer of the name is the poet N. [I 1]. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) I. Republican Period [German version] [I 1] N., Cn. Dramatist and epic poet, 3rd cent. BC Roman dramatist and epic poet of the 3rd cent. BC Schmidt, Peter L. (Constance) [German version] A. Life The known biographical data (cf. the testimonia in [16. 3-5]) are primarily derived via Suetonius'
De poetis (see ) from Varro
De poetis. According to this, N. came from Campania (Gell. NA 1,24,1f.) and a birth date of about 265 BC can be derived. According to his own statement, he took part in the 1st Punic War (Gell. NA 17,21,45). His first appearanc…