Roman Republican and Imperial Senatorial Families

Genealogy and Prosopography

 

News

• New Families »
7th Sep 2016: Vibullius
30th Aug 2016: Venuleius
28th Aug 2016: Villius,Vipstanus
27th Aug 2016: Virius
18th Aug 2016: Volumnius
13th Aug 2016: Volasenna,Volusenus

• Updates »
2nd Sep 2016: Vinicius,Vitelliu
29th Aug 2016: Veturius,Volcatius
9th Aug 2016: Carminius

• Provinces/Governors »
8th Oct 2015: many updates to province overview
20th Jan 2014 added Galatia

• Book list »
updated 2nd Sep 2016
with 5 books

• Other changes »
6th Sep 2015:many revisions to section on equestrian magistracies.
1st Oct 2015: Home page re-organised and merged with entry page.
1st Oct 2015: Guidance and Abbreviation page split into two.

• Please Note »
The family trees do not appear with connecting lines in Google Chrome. Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox work fine.

Example: part of the stemma for the patrician Iulii  

 

Click on a line in the table below to access the relevant topic.


Topic Update
Senatorial Families
07.09.2016
Eastern Royal Dynasties
18.02.2015
Roman provinces
22.01.2013
Equestrian offices - NEW
06.09.2015
Guidance
23.01.2015
News - listing all updates/additions
07.09.2015
Abbreviations used in the stemmata
26.09.2015
Roman first names and their abbreviations
27.10.2007
Roman Tribes and their abbreviations
27.10.2007
Roman legions and their stations. PLANNED
planned
Bibliography
02.09.2015
Journals & their Abbreviations
22.03.2015
Prosopograhpy
07.10.2007
Related sites
06.08.2007

Purpose of site

The purpose of this site is to collect and publish prosopographical information about ancient Roman Republican and Imperial senatorial families. The Eastern dynasties have been added to show the relationships to Roman families and other Eastern dynasties. The families are shown as genealogical family trees, a stemma.

Scope

The period covered is both the Republican from 509 BC until 31 BC and the Imperial until 284 AD, when Diocletian became emperor. It includes stemmata (family trees) of the Roman senatorial gentes (families), and also includes equestrian members.

Status 23rd January 2016

The project includes 300 stemmata, incl. 19 stemmata for Eastern royalty. Note the early versions from 2010-2012 need major updates, in some cases total rework. Versions prior to 2010 have now all been updated.

Guidance to the stemmata

Please see the Guidance topic for information on the structure and details of the stemmata.

Methodology

The first phase is to collect the raw prosopographical information.
When all have been entered in more or less raw format, a second pass of analysis will structure the genealogical tables with information on the confidence level of the relationships, entries will be updated with information from sources available since the RE/PIR have been published, references to relevant articles and notes with information on the individuals will be added.

Please be aware that many of the geneological connections in the stemmata are uncertain and can be disputed. I have in general tried to be conservative and not make undocumented assumptions about possible connections. Often several variants are possible. Fresh evidence, typically from new inscriptions, can often correct a stemma or indeed overturn old theories.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, send them to me at strachan@os.dk.


This site is created and maintained by Christian C. Strachan.
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Last modified 23rd January 2016 

 


The author of this site is Christian C. Strachan. I graduated from the University of Copenhagen in 1980 with a Masters Degree (cand.mag.) in History and a bachelors degree in Political Science. My thesis was a "Prospographical Analysis of Political Adoptions during the Roman Republic". My continuing interest in Roman Prosopgraphy is the main reason for this site.

I also enjoy astronomy/cosmoogy. Below are two nice pictures.


The Sombrero Galaxy in Infrared Light.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

The Majestic Sombrero Galaxy M104.
Credit:
NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).

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