Category:Gens Cassia (Nova Roma)

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CASSIA GENS, originally patrician, after­wards plebeian. We have mention of only one patrician of this gens, Sp. Cassius Viscellinus, con­sul in b. c. 502, and the proposer of the first agrarian law, who was put to death by the patri­cians. As all the Cassii after his time are plebeians, it is not improbable either that the patricians ex­pelled . them from their order, or that they aban­doned it on account of the murder of Viscellinus. The Cassia gens was reckoned one of the noblest in Rome ; and members of it are constantly men­tioned under the empire as well as during the republic. (Comp. Tac. Ann. vi. 15.) The chief family in the time of the republic bears the name of Longinus : the other cognomens during that time are Hemina, Parmensis, Ravilla, Sabaco, Varus, Viscellinus. Under the empire, the surnames are very numerous.

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Praenomina commonly used by members of this gens in ancient times were Spurius, Gaius, Lucius, and Marcus.

In modern times the most common praenomina have been Gaius, Lucius, Marcus, Tiberius, and Titus. The praenomina Spurius, Manius, and Vibius have not been used by the Cassii in the modern era.

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