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Lucius [II]
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(Old Latin Loucios, Greek Λεύκιος/Leúkios or Λούκιος/Loúkios, abbreviation L., in the east of the empire also Lu.). Roman praenomen. Etymologically related to lux (‘light’) [4. 823], according to ancient derivation ‘the one born at first daylight’ (Varro, Ling. 5,60; Fest. 106; Liber de praenominibus 5). A late invention is the derivation of L. as ‘descendant of the Etruscan Lucumones’ (Liber de praen. op.cit.) to explain the first name of the Roman king L. Tarquinius Priscus, who was originally called Luc…

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Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) and Eck, Werner (Cologne), “Lucius [II]”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 06 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e710840>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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