Gallus (cognomen)

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Gallus was an ancient Roman cognomen.

Meanings of the word[edit]

In Latin, the word Gallus had at least three distinct meanings:

  • Gallus referred to an inhabitant of Gaul, to a Celtic-speaking person, or to a person perceived as ethnically or culturally Celtic.
  • The Galli were the priests of Cybele, whom the Romans found notable for their self-castration as an act of religious devotion.
  • Gallus was also the word for rooster, and later through a pun became a symbol of France (ancient Gaul).

People named Gallus[edit]

Individuals with the cognomen include:

See also[edit]