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  • Ptolemy XV 'Caesarion', Pharaoh of Egypt (-47 - -30)
    Ptolemy XV Philopator, Philometer Caesar, Caesarion, King of Egypt, King of Kings, Iwapanetjer entynehem (Heir of the god who saves), Setepenptah (Chosen of Ptah), Irmaatenre (Carrying out the rule of ...
  • Julian the Apostate, Roman Emperor (332 - 363)
    Julian eller Flavius Claudius Julianus (født 331 eller 332, død 26. juni 363) var romersk keiser fra 361 til sin død. Han ble kalt Apostata eller «den frafalne» fordi...
  • Romulus, Founder of Rome (c.-771 - -717)
    Romulus and Remus From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Romulus of Romulus and Remus. AKA Quirinus the God . Mysteriously disappeared. Wife may have been wife of Julius Ascanius first King of Alb...
  • Drusilla of Mauretania (c.38 - d.)
    Drusilla of Mauretania (Greek: Δρουσìλλη, 38-79) was a Princess of Mauretania, North Africa and was the great grandchild of Ptolemaic Gree...
  • Romulus Augustulus, Roman Emperor (c.460 - c.490)
    Romulus Augustus (born perhaps around 460 – died after 476, possibly alive around 500), is sometimes considered the last Western Roman Emperor (although by other accounts the last Western Roman ...

Ancient Rome was a civilization that grew out of a small agricultural community, founded on the Italian Peninsula as early as the 10th century BCE. Located along the Mediterranean Sea, and centered at the city of Rome, it became one of the largest empires in the ancient world.

In its centuries of existence, Roman civilization shifted from a monarchy to an oligarchic republic to an increasingly autocratic empire. It came to dominate South-Western Europe, South-Eastern Europe/Balkans and the Mediterranean region through conquest and assimilation.

Source: Wikipedia, Ancient Rome

There are many very well-documented genealogies from the late Republic and early Empire, but the connections to medieval Europe are largely conjectural.

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The goal of this project is to resolve duplicates and ensure the quality of the profiles pertaining to the families of ancient Rome.

Notable Romans

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Naming Conventions

See Naming Conventions.

Roman names can be confusing because they do not follow modern European and American naming customs. As a general rule of thumb, the Roman surname is the second of three names, not the third. Geni's name fields do not yet handle Roman names effectively. The most effective workaround is to place all names in the First Name field, leaving the Middle Name and Last Name fields blank.

For a simple introduction to Roman names, see Wikipedia, Roman Names.

The classic Roman name was the trianomina. That is, Roman men had three names. The first name (praenomen) was a given name. The second name (nomen) was the family name. The third name (cognomen) was originally a nickname, but became hereditary. This third name was the name by which men were known.

Using Gaius Julius Caesar as an example:

  • Gaius was his given name
  • Julius was his family name (surname)
  • Caesar was the name by which he was known

Roman women were generally known only by one name, the feminine form of the family's nomen. For example, the daughter of Gaius Julius Caesar was Julia.

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