Balbus (cognomen)

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Balbus, literally "stammerer", was a cognomen of several ancient Roman gentes.

Of the Acilii Balbi, one Manius Acilius Balbus was consul in 150 BC, another in 114 BC. To another family belonged T. Ampius Balbus, a supporter of Pompey, but afterwards pardoned by Julius Caesar.[1] We know also of Q. Antonius Balbus, praetor in Sicily in 82 BC, and Marcus Atius Balbus, who married Julia Minor, a sister of Caesar, and had a daughter Atia, mother of Augustus.[2]

The most important of the name were the two Cornelii Balbi, natives of Gades (Cádiz):

Others with the cognomen include:


  1. ^ Compare Cicero Epistulae ad Familiares, vi.12; xiii.70
  2. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Balbus". Encyclopædia Britannica. 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 242. 
  3. ^ "Description historique et chronologique des monnaies de la République ... - Ernest Babelon - Google Livres".