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PORCIA GENS, plebeian, is not mentioned till the middle of the third century before the Christian era; and the first member of the gens, who obtained the consulship, was the celebrated M. Porcius Cato, in b. c. 195. The name was derived by the Romans from porcus, a pig, and was compared with Ovinius, Caprilius, and Taurus, all of which names indicated connection with the breeding or feeding of cattle. (Plut. Public. 11 ; V&n.deR.R. ii. 1.) The Porcii were divided into three families under the republic, namely, those of Laeca, Licinus, and Cato, all of which names appear on coins.

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