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.
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 29th September 2016
The project includes 316 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.
The first phase is to collect the raw prosopographical
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The author of this site is Christian C. Strachan.
I graduated from the University
in 1980 with a Masters
in History and a bachelors
degree in Political
Science. My thesis was
Analysis of Political Adoptions
Roman Republic". My
in Roman Prosopgraphy is
the main reason for
I also enjoy astronomy/cosmology. Below are
two nice pictures.
The Sombrero Galaxy in Infrared Light.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech and The Hubble Heritage