Murena

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For the Belgian comic book, see Murena (comic book). For the eel genus, see Muraena.

Murena is a name (cognomen) used by a Roman plebeian family from Lanuvium belonging to the gens Licinia. It is supposed to be derived from the fondness of a family member for lampreys (murenae).

The most prominent members of the family were Lucius Licinius Murena, who was defended by Cicero in 62 BC against a charge of bribery in the extant speech Pro Murena, and his father of the same name who was defeated by Mithridates in Asia in 81 BC.

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Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.