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Murena is a name (cognomen) used by a Roman plebeian family from Lanuvium belonging to the gens Licinia. It is supposed to be derived from the fondness of a family member for lampreys (murenae).

The most prominent members of the family were Lucius Licinius Murena father and son. The father was a lieutenant of Sulla in the first Mithridatic War and played an important role in the Battle of Chaeronea.[1] The son was the governor of Gallia Transalpina in 64 BC and part of 63 BC and consul in 62 BC. When he went to Rome to stand for the consulship, he left his brother Gaius Murena in charge of the province as his deputy. He was defended by Cicero in 63 BC against a charge of bribery in the extant speech For Murena.[2] [3]

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  1. ^ Plutarch, The life of Sulla, 17.3-19.4
  2. ^ Badian, E. “Notes on Provincia Gallia in the Late Republic.” In Mélanges d'archéologie et d'histoire offerts à André Piganiol, vol. 2, p.106
  3. ^ Cicero, For Murena, [1]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Murena". Encyclopædia Britannica. 19 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 34.