Tullia (gens)

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Gens Tullia was an Ancient Roman family. Tullius was its corresponding nomen. The feminine form was Tullia. Tully, especially as another name for Cicero, is an anglicized form now considered antiquated.

Not all those who have the nomen are related by blood; Cicero himself did not believe that he was descended from Servius Tullius, though at one point he referred to their shared gens.[1]

The "Tullus" of the king Tullus Hostilius is a forename derived from the same root (compare the Roman praenomen Marcus with the nomen gentile Marcius). There is no genetic relationship implied.

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  1. ^ Cicero, Brutus 62, where he regards the claim as absurd; Tusculan Disputations 1. 38 for the claim of a shared gens; for discussion, see T.P. Wiseman, "Legendary Genealogies in Late-Republican Rome," Greece & Rome 21 (1974), p. 158.