Roman nomen gentile, also confused with Sestius . According to tradition, the family achieved prominence in the 4th cent. BC with S. [I 6] who obtained access to the consulate for plebeians. The family was unimportant under the Republic, with the exception of S. [1 3]; the branch which was best known into the 3rd cent. AD originated with Caesar's follower S. [I 2], but it made spurious claims to be descended from the first plebeian consul S. [I 6] (hence the epithets Africanus and Laterensis).
Cite this pageElvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum), Dingel, Joachim (Hamburg), Fündling, Jörg (Bonn), Müller, Christian (Bochum) and Eck, Werner (Cologne), “Sextius”, 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 26 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1111280>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510
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