Memmia (gens)

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The gens Memmia was a plebeian family at Rome. The first member of the gens to achieve prominence was Gaius Memmius Gallus, praetor in 173 BC. From the period of the Jugurthine War to the age of Augustus they contributed numerous tribunes to the Republic.[1]

Origin of the gens[edit]

The poet Vergilius linked the family of the Memmii with the Trojan hero Mnestheus. This late tradition demonstrates that by the end of the Republic, the gens had become a conspicuous branch of the Roman nobility.[2]

Praenomina used by the gens[edit]

The main praenomina of the Memmii were Gaius, Lucius, Quintus, and Publius. There is also at least one example of Titus.

Members of the gens[edit]

This list includes abbreviated praenomina. For an explanation of this practice, see filiation.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, William Smith, Editor.
  2. ^ Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, William Smith, Editor.
  3. ^ Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, William Smith, Editor.
  4. ^ Titus Livius, Ab Urbe Condita, xlii. 9, 10, 27.
  5. ^ Titus Livius, Ab Urbe Condita, xliii. 5.
  6. ^ First Book of Maccabees, ii. 11.
  7. ^ Marcus Tullius Cicero, Brutus, 36, 70, 89, Pro Sexto Roscio, 32.
  8. ^ Marcus Tullius Cicero, Brutus, 36, Pro Balbo, 2.
  9. ^ Plutarchus, Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, Pompeius, 11, Sertorius, 21.
  10. ^ Paulus Orosius, Historiarum Adversum Paganos Libri VII, v. 23.
  11. ^ Marcus Tullius Cicero, Pro Caecina, 10.
  12. ^ Fasti Capitolini.
  13. ^ Publius Cornelius Tacitus, Annales, xv. 23.
  14. ^ Jan Gruter, Inscriptiones Antiquae Totius Orbis Romani, Heidelberg (1603), p. 8.
  15. ^ Publius Cornelius Tacitus, Annales, xii. 9.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "article name needed". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.