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Perhaps the name Gaius is derived from Gaia, as Gaius may be a masculine form of that name. Just a theory, probably not right.


The pronunciation rules are contradictory: Gā-ǐ-us [ˈɡaː.ɪ.ʊs]

The English rules result in something like "GAY ih us" (in American English). The Latin IPA rules result in something like "GAW ee us".

These may be reasonable current three-syllable pronunciations, but which one is correct for classical times? (talk) 06:32, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

Too many Gaii?[edit]

Looking at this list, I'm wondering if Wikipedia is trying too hard to be inclusive. For most of these people, the praenomen "Gaius" is usually ignored; for example, yes his full name is "Gaius Julius Caesar", but the vast majority of references to him simply call him "Julius Caesar". There are really only a few historical people who are known simply as "Gaius": the jurist, the person in the Bible, & an alternative name for Caligula. (I happen to own a copy of E. Mary Smallwood's Documents Illustrating the Principates of Gaius, Claudius and Nero -- there Smallwood routinely refers to Caligula as "Gaius".) IMHO, these are the only people whom the name "Gaius" might pose confusion. -- llywrch (talk) 19:30, 23 June 2016 (UTC)