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Umbrenus

(71 words)

Author(s): Bartels, Jens (Bonn)
Italic nomen gentile derived from the Umbri people (Schulze, 257; 523). [German version] [1] U., P. Freed slave whose former business activities had made him familiar with Gaul, and because of this in 63 BC he was supposed to win the Allobroges over to Catilina (Cic. Catil. 3,14; Sall. Catil. 40). When the Senate resolved he should be executed he took to flight (Sall. Catil. 50,4). Bartels, Jens (Bonn)

Vatinius

(772 words)

Author(s): Bartels, Jens (Bonn) | Eck, Werner (Cologne)
I. Republican period [German version] [I 1] V., P. Ancestor of V. [I 2] from Reate, who was told of a victory over Perseus [2] in a dream in 168 BC (Cic. Nat. D. 2,6; 3,13; Val. Max. 1,8,1). Bartels, Jens (Bonn) [German version] [I 2] V., P. Born c. 95 BC, d. after 42 BC. Presumably from Reate (Cic. Nat. D. 2,6 on V. [I 1]), V. achieved a political rise in Rome under the patronage of the Iulii Caesares: since he was married (schol. Bobiensia 149 St.) to Antonia, a niece of L. Iulius [I 6] Caesar, the latter as consul in 64 may have sponsored…

Volcatius

(234 words)

Author(s): Bartels, Jens (Bonn)
[German version] [1] V. Tullus, C. Recorded in 53-48 BC as a junior officer of Caesar (Caes. B Gall. 6,29,3: adulescentem; 8,46,4(?); Caes. B Civ. 3,52,2). Brother or cousin of V. [3]. Bartels, Jens (Bonn) [German version] [2] V. Tullus, L. (before 109 - after 46 BC). Although he failed to be elected aedile, in 66, V. succeeded in gaining a consulship (Cic. Planc. 51);during his year of office, his most memorable deed appears to have been his rejection of Catilina's candidacy for a consulship (Sall. Catil. 18,3). In 56, he spoke up for…

Volumnius

(521 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Bartels, Jens (Bonn) | Müller, Christian (Bochum) | Schmitt, Tassilo (Bielefeld)
Name of an originally Etruscan plebeian family (Etruscan form Velimna) that was significant in the early Republic. The Volumnii of the 1st cent. BC are not its descendants. The tomb of the V. in Perusia (modern Perugia) with bilingual inscriptions (CIL XI 1963 - CIE 3763) was used from the 2nd cent. onwards. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [German version] [1] V., P. Fought in 42 BC as a friend of M. Iunius [I 10] Brutus in the battle of Philippi, and wrote about it in a now lost work (Plut. Brutus 48; 51). Possibly identical to V. [4]? Bartels, Jens (Bonn) [German version] [2] V. Amintinus Gallus…

Vinnius

(63 words)

Author(s): Bartels, Jens (Bonn)
[German version] Variant of the nomen gentile Vinius (Schulze, 425). The most important representative is V. Asina (MSS and scholia record various cognomina), addressee of Hor. Epist. 1,13 who is asked to forward works by Horace to Augustus. The social status of the messenger, who is not represented very flatteringly, is not revealed; V. may also be fictional. Bartels, Jens (Bonn)

Publilia

(84 words)

Author(s): Bartels, Jens (Bonn)
[German version] Presumably from an equestrian family; at the end of 46 BC (Cic. Fam. 4,14,1-3) she was married for her inheritance by her trustee Cicero. The marriage was short and unhappy: It earned Cicero mockery because of the great age difference between them, and the young woman was shunned by him because he suspected her of insufficiently mourning the death of his daughter Tullia  (Plut. Cicero 41; Cass. Dio 46,18,3 f.). Bartels, Jens (Bonn) Bibliography M. Gelzer, Cicero, 1969, 288; 292 f.

Plancius

(420 words)

Author(s): Bartels, Jens (Bonn) | Eck, Werner (Cologne)
A rare Roman family name, probably derived from Plancus. We know of Plancii from Atina (P. [1-2]) in the 1st cent. BC, and of Plancii from Perge in the 1st -2nd cents. AD. [German version] [1] P., Cn. Tax farmer, 1st cent. BC Of an old equestrian family from Atina (Cic. Planc. 32; cf. CIL X 5075; 5119). He served under Licinius [I 15] Crassus in Spain, probably in 96-93 BC. Thereafter active as a tax farmer ( P ublicani ). In 61-59 BC he distinguished himself as the spokesman for the tax farmers of Asia in a dispute about an inheritance concerning tax…

Dicta

(2,215 words)

Author(s): Bartels, Jens (Bonn) | Bartels, Klaus (Bonn RWG)
Bartels, Jens (Bonn) [German version] A. Generic Concept (CT) Long before Büchmann there existed a body of familiar 'famous quotations' from the ancient languages. Vast numbers of such quotations from lost works fill our collections of fragments: Solon's “γηράσκω δ' αiεi πολλὰ διδασκόμενος”, "I grow old and ever go on learning" may stand as one example for hundreds of others. Macrobius in the Saturnalia 5,16,7, gives a series of quotations from Virgil "which are used proverbially by all" (“vice proverbio…

Plania

(24 words)

Author(s): Bartels, Jens (Bonn)
[German version] Supposedly the lover who was the subject of Tibullus elegies under the pseudonym Delia (Apul. Apol. 10). Bartels, Jens (Bonn)

Pupius

(528 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Günther, Matthias (Bielefeld) | Nadig, Peter C. (Duisburg) | Bartels, Jens (Bonn) | Eck, Werner (Cologne)
Roman nomen gentile, possibly connected to the Etruscan pupu. The family is otherwise politically insignificant; the adoptive father of the consul for 61 BC, P. [I 3], is unknown. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) I. Republic [German version] [I 1] In Horace, the author of tragedies, 1st cent. BC The only source for the author P. is Horatius (Epist. 1,1,67). According to this, P. was probably an author of tragedies. He lived in the 1st cent. BC. The scope and precise content of his poetry is unknown. Günther, Matthias (Bielefeld) Bibliography Bardon, vol. 2, 47  Courtney, 307. …

Spurinna

(71 words)

Author(s): Bartels, Jens (Bonn)
[German version] Etruscan haruspex famous in Rome in the middle of the 1st cent. BC (Haruspices). In 44 he prophesied the danger threatening Caesar (Cic. Div. 1,119; Suet. Iul. 81; Val. Max. 8,11,2); he is presumably the summus haruspex who warned him in 46 against an early crossing to Africa (Cic. Div. 2,52). Evidently, however, such prophecies were not taken very seriously ( cf. Cic. Fam. 9,24,2). Bartels, Jens (Bonn)

Sestius

(572 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Müller, Christian (Bochum) | Bartels, Jens (Bonn)
Roman nomen gentile, sometimes confused with Sextius. The family surfaced as patrician with S. [1] and [5] in the mid 5th cent. BC. In the late Republic, it had only (politically insignificant) plebeian members. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [German version] [1] S., L. In order to illustrate the just administration of the first collegium of decemviri , especially the justice of C. Iulius [I 13] Iullus, Livy (3,33,9 f.) and Cicero (Rep. 2,61) tell the anecdote that after a corpse was found buried in the house of S., Iulius - who,…

Terrasidius

(52 words)

Author(s): Bartels, Jens (Bonn)
Uncommon Roman nomen gentile (Schulze, 373). [German version] T., T. Served as an equestrian prefect or military tribune under Caesar in Gaul. While requisitioning grain in the winter of 57/6 BC he and other officers were captured by Breton tribes who were then subjugated (Caes. Gall. 3,7-16). Bartels, Jens (Bonn)

Pilia

(25 words)

Author(s): Bartels, Jens (Bonn)
[English version] Seit 56 v.Chr. (Cic. ad Q. fr. 2,3,7) Frau des T. Pomponius [I 5] Atticus, Mutter der Caecilia [2]. Bartels, Jens (Bonn)

Plaetorius

(158 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Bartels, Jens (Bonn)
Name einer röm. plebeiischen Familie (gelegentlich mit Laetorius verwechselt), erst im 2. Jh. v.Chr. zu einigem Ansehen gelangt, in der Kaiserzeit unbedeutend. [English version] [1] P. Cestianus, L. Quaestor 43/2 v. Chr. 43/42 v.Chr. Quaestor unter M. Iunius [I 10] Brutus; emittierte Denare, die mit der Darstellung eines pilleus zwischen zwei Dolchen und der Legende Eid(ibus) Mart(iis) die Ermordung Caesars an den Iden des März 44 v.Chr. feierten (RRC 508). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [English version] [2] P. Cestianus, M. Verm. 63/2 Statthalter von Makedonien War vor 69 v.C…

Publicius

(804 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Bartels, Jens (Bonn) | Schmitt, Tassilo (Bielefeld) | Eck, Werner (Köln)
(auch Poblicius, Poplicius, Populicius). Name einer röm. plebeiischen Familie, seit dem 3. Jh. v. Chr. bekannt, aber polit. nicht bedeutend. In der späten Republik wurde der Name gerne von Staatssklaven ( servi publici) nach der Freilassung als Zeichen ihres früheren Standes angenommen. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) I. Republikanische Zeit [English version] [I 1] P., Q. Zwischen 69 und 66 v. Chr. Praetor, dann vermutlich Statthalter in Asia War zw. 69 und 66 v. Chr. Praetor, danach verm. Statthalter der Prov. Asia (Cic. Cluent. 126; Cic. ad Q. fr. 1,2,14?; MRR 2,143; 150). Bartels, …

Plania

(20 words)

Author(s): Bartels, Jens (Bonn)
[English version] Angeblich die Geliebte, die Tibullus unter dem Pseudonym Delia besang (Apul. apol. 10). Bartels, Jens (Bonn)

Quinctilius

(1,906 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Kierdorf, Wilhelm (Köln) | Schmitt, Tassilo (Bielefeld) | Bartels, Jens (Bonn) | Eck, Werner (Köln)
Name einer röm. patrizischen Familie, vom Praen. Quintus abgeleitet, inschr. u. hsl. auch Quintilius. Nach annalist. Trad. gehörte die Familie zu den ältesten Roms und soll unter König Tullus Hostilius nach Rom gekommen sein (Dion. Hal. ant. 3,29,7; vgl. Liv. 1,30,2, dort aber Quinctii); bekannt sind ein cos. 453 v. Chr. und ein Consulartribun 403, ohne daß weitere Nachr. vorliegen. In histor. Zeit sind Angehörige seit dem Ende des 3. Jh. bekannt (mit dem erblichen Cogn. Varus), ohne dauerhaft in die Nobilität zu gelangen. Das prominenteste Mitglied ist P. Q. [II 7] Varus ( cos. ord. 13…

Publilius

(1,510 words)

Author(s): Bartels, Jens (Bonn) | Müller, Christian (Bochum) | Benz, Lore (Kiel) | Eck, Werner (Köln) | Plotke, Seraina (Basel)
I. Republikanische Zeit [English version] [I 1] P. Verwandter von Ciceros zweiter Frau Publilia Ein naher Verwandter (Bruder?) von Ciceros zweiter Frau Publilia, der daher öfter in Ciceros Briefen an T. Pomponius [I 5] Atticus erscheint. Bartels, Jens (Bonn) [English version] [I 2] P., Volero Volkstribun 472 und 471 v. Chr. Volkstribun 472 und 471 v. Chr. (MRR 1, 29 f.). 472 soll P. ein Gesetz eingebracht haben, das die Wahl der Volkstribunen statt in den von den Patriziern mit ihren Klienten dominierten comitia curiata in den comitia tributa ( comitia ) vo…

Plancius

(366 words)

Author(s): Bartels, Jens (Bonn) | Eck, Werner (Köln)
Seltener röm. Familienname, verm. von Plancus abgeleitet. Bekannt sind bes. die Plancii aus Atina (P. [1-2]) im 1. Jh.v.Chr. und die P. aus Perge im 1.-2. Jh.n.Chr. [English version] [1] P., Cn. Steuerpächter, 1. Jh. v. Chr. Stammte aus einer alten ritterlichen Familie aus Atina (Cic. Planc. 32; vgl. CIL X 5075; 5119). Er diente unter Licinius [I 15] Crassus, verm. 96-93 v.Chr. in Spanien. Danach als Steuerpächter ( publicanus ) tätig, profilierte er sich 61-59 im Streit um einen Pachtnachlaß als Sprecher der Steuerpächter von Asia (Cic. P…
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