Roman family name, maybe originally Samnitic (cf. Schulze, 187f.), epigraphically also attested from central Italy. Name bearers in Rome are known from the 2nd cent. BC onwards. Egnat(i)us is uniquely also transmitted as a praenomen (Val. Max. 6,3,9. Plin. HN 14,89; ).
[I 1] E., Gellius Leader of the Samnites in the 3rd Samnite War from 296 BC on
Leader of the Samnites in the 3rd Samnite War, who brought about a coalition between the Samnites, Etrusc…
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Schmidt, Peter L. (Constance) and
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