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Pontius is a family name found within the gens, or people, of the Samnites, a grouping of ancient Italic tribes that lived in south-central Italy. The Samnites later became Romans.
People named "Pontius" include:
- The Greek name for Pontic Greeks
- Lucius Pontius Aquila, one of Julius Caesar's assassins
- Gaius Pontius, Samnite commander and victor at the Battle of the Caudine Forks, believed ancestor of Pontius Pilate
- Pontius Telesinus, Roman commander loyal to the Populares during Sulla's second civil war
- Pontius Aquilia, a tribune who lived at the time of Julius Caesar
- Pontius Fregellanus (d. March 37), a man of senatorial rank involved in an adultery scandal under Emperor Tiberius
- Gaius Petronius Pontius Nigrinus (d. March 37), consul at the time the Emperor Tiberius
- Pontius Pilate (Latin: Pontius Pilatus), Roman governor of Judea in Biblical times
- Pontius of Carthage, deacon in Carthage and early Christian writer
- Pontius, saint and Bishop of Barbastro
- Paulus Pontius, artist
- Chris Pontius, actor in Jackass television series
- Chris Pontius (soccer), American soccer player for D.C. United
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