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Lentulus, the name of a Roman patrician family of the Cornelian gens, derived from lentes (lentils), which its oldest members were fond of cultivating (according to Pliny, Nat. Hist. xviii. 3, 10). The word Lentulitas ("Lentulism"; cf. Appietas) is coined by Cicero (Ad Fam. iii. 7, 5 ) to express the attributes of a pronounced aristocrat. The three first of the name were L. Cornelius Lentulus (consul 327 BC), Servius Cornelius Lentulus (consul 303) and L. Cornelius Lentulus Caudinus (consul 275). Their connection with the later Lentuli (especially those of the Ciceronian period) is very obscure and difficult to establish. The following members of the family deserve mention.

See also Publius Lentulus, apocryphal governor of Jerusalem, supposedly the author of an epistle describing Jesus.


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Lentulus". Encyclopædia Britannica. 16 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 430–431.