Avitus (cognomen)

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Avitus is a cognomen used by various Romans of Imperial times. Although some of them may have been related, there is no evidence that they constituted a distinct family.

Some of the more notable Aviti are:

  • Alphius Avitus, a poet of uncertain date (1st century BC to 1st century)
  • Lucius Hedius Rufus Lollianus Avitus, consul in 144; see Lollianus
  • Quintus Hedius Lollianus Plautius Avitus, consul in 209
  • Gaius Julius Avitus Alexianus (flourished 2nd century & 3rd century), brother-in-law of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus
  • Julia Avita Mamaea, mother of Roman Emperor Alexander Severus
  • Varius Avitus Bassianus, later Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, the emperor Elagabalus who reigned 218–222
  • Flavius Avitus Marinianus, consul in 423
  • Marcus Maecilius Flavius Eparchius Avitus, the emperor Avitus who reigned 455–456
  • Avitus of Vienne, a Gallo-Roman bishop and saint who died in the early 6th century

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