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Silanus

(57 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[German version] 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. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) Bibliography Degrassi, FCap., 148  Kajanto, Cognomina, 237.

Martha

(81 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[German version] Syrian prophetess who came to Rome in 105 BC. Although M. had been banned from practising her art by the Senate, she gained access to members of the high nobility by correctly predicting the outcome of gladiatorial fights. In 102, Iulia [1] sent her to her husband C. Marius [I 1] in Gallia where she helped to lift the morale of the Roman troops who were fighting the Teutons (Plut. Marius 17,2-5 after Posidonius). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)

Siculus

(25 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[German version] Roman cognomen (describing origin: 'from Sicily', and epithet of victors; cf. Cloelius [4-7]; Herennius [I 10]). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) Bibliography Kajanto, Cognomina, 52; 193.

Military clientela

(335 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[German version] Modern term (e.g. [1. 28]) for the Roman professional armies of the late Imperial period ( Roma I. D.), which had an especially close relationship to their commander and thus let themselves be detailed as his clientela ( cliens ) for his goals interior politics. This ‘militarization of home politics’ began with C. Marius [I 1] and L. Cornelius [I 90] Sulla, who used the professional army created by Marius to further their own power claims in the civil war of 88-81 BC. They had to promise the soldiers…

Crassus

(101 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[German version] Cognomen, first used as an epithet for abnormal tallness, occasionally with the implication of the figurative meanings ‘rough, uncouth, crude’, soon also used as a surname. In the republican period, the name was used by the Aquilii, Calpurnii, Canidii, Claudii, Licinii, Otacilii, Papirii, Veturii; in the imperial period by the Galerii, Iulii and Sulpicii. The most significant individuals of this name belonged to the Plebeian  Licinii Crassi (L. Licinius C., cos. 95 BC, the orator; M. Licinus C., cos. 70 and 55 BC, the triumvir). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) Bibliogra…

Flamininus

(64 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[German version] Rare Roman cognomen, derived from flamen and designating the son of a flamen, in the Republican period it became hereditary in a branch of the patrician family of the Quinctii. The most important bearer of the name is T.  Quinctius Flamininus ( cos. in 198 BC). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) Bibliography H. Gundel, s.v. Quinctius, RE 24, 1038 J. Reichmuth, Die lat. Gentilicia, 1956, 74.

Caudex

(28 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[German version] Cognomen (‘the ship's plank’) of Ap. Claudius C., cos. 264 BC; the original legend was passed down through Seneca (dial. 10,13,4). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)

Gegania

(68 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[English version] Römerin, die (wohl in der 2. H. 1. Jh. v.Chr.) ein Verhältnis mit einem häßlichen Sklaven namens Clesippus einging und ihn schließlich als Erben einsetzte. Er nannte sich nach ihrem Tod Clesippus Geganius und ließ sich ein aufwendiges Grabmal errichten, dessen Inschrift noch erhalten ist (Plin. nat. 34,11f.; ILLRP 696). Die weitverbreitete Geschichte liegt vielleicht der Figur des Trimalchio bei Petronius zugrunde. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)

Barbula

(34 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[English version] Röm. Cognomen (“der Milchbart”) bei den Aemilii (ThlL 2,1728). Außerdem Name des Kommandanten des M. Antonius bei Aktium; B. wurde von Octavian später begnadigt (App. civ. 4,210-214). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)

Ancharia

(25 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[English version] Frau des C. Octavius, des Vaters des Augustus, Mutter der älteren Octavia (Suet. Aug. 4,1; Plut. Ant. 31,2). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)

Metellus

(18 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[English version] Röm. Cognomen in der Familie der Caecilii Metelli (Caecilius [I 10-32]; [II 16]). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)

Pullus

(36 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[English version] Röm. Cogn., urspr. “Jungtier”, dann auch auf Menschen übertragen (vgl. Hor. sat. 1,3,45; Fest. 284); Namensträger waren L. Iunius [I 27] P. und Q. Numitorius [3] P. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) Bibliography Kajanto, Cognomina, 299.

Gratidius

(166 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
Name einer aus Arpinum stammenden röm. Familie (inschr. auch Grattidius) in Weiterbildung des Namens Grattius (Schulze 427). [English version] [1] Anhänger des C. Marius, erstes Opfer des Bürgerkriegs 88 v.Chr. sollte G. im Auftrag des C. Marius die Armee des Consuls Cornelius [I 90] Sulla übernehmen und wurde deshalb von dessen Soldaten (als erstes Opfer des Bürgerkrieges) ermordet (Val. Max. 9,7b,1; Oros. 5,19,4). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [English version] [2] G., M. Praefectus des M. Antonius [I 7] im Kampf gegen die Seeräuber Verwandter Ciceros, fiel 102 v.Chr. als praefec…

Orestilla

(12 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[English version] Cognomen der Fabia [6] O. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)

Regillensis

(40 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[English version] Röm. Cogn. in der Familie der Postumii (Postumius [I 13-15]); nach der Trad. dem ersten Träger Postumius wegen seines Sieges 496 v. Chr. in der Schlacht am Lacus Regillus verliehen. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) Bibliography Kajanto, Cognomina, 183.

Baliaricus

(27 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[English version] Siegerbeiname des Q. Caecilius Metellus ( cos. 123 v.Chr.), den er nach seinem Triumph 121 über die Baliaren annahm (InscrIt 13,1,83). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)

Luscinus

(25 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[English version] Röm. Cognomen (“einäugig”, Plin. nat. 11,150), in republikan. Zeit in der Familie der Fabricii (Fabricius [I 3 und 4]). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)

Cursor

(17 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[English version] Cognomen (“Läufer, Kurier”) in der gens Papiria. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) Bibliography Kajanto, Cognomina 361.

Cossus

(56 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[English version] Cognomen, vielleicht etr. Herkunft und wohl zunächst Praenomen (Schulze, 158, 519; Kajanto, Cognomina 178); Beiname eines der ältesten Zweige der Cornelii (Cornelius [I 20-22]). Die Deutung als Spitzname “Holzwurm” ist unsicher [1]; in der frühen Kaiserzeit auch wieder als Praenomen bei einigen Cornelii Lentuli (Cornelius [II 26-27]). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) Bibliography 1 Walde/Hofmann 1,281

Crus

(34 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum)
[English version] Spitzname (“Unterschenkel”) nach der Besonderheit der Beine; Cognomen in der Familie der Cornelii (Cornelius [I 50]) Lentuli. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) Bibliography A. Hug, s.v. Spitznamen, RE 3A, 1828  Kajanto, Cognomina 225.
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