Roman Republican and Imperial Senatorial Families

Genealogy and Prosopography

 

News

• New Families »
2021.10.29: kingdom of Characene
2021.10.04: kingdom of Osrhoene
and family of Septimius Mannus
2021.09.06: kingdom of Atropatene
2021.08.30: kingdom of Adiabene
2021.08.28: kingdom of Sophene
2021.08.16: Sasanids of Iran

• Updates »
2021.11.21: Antonius Zeno
2021.11.15: Antonius
2021.11.13: Antonius (major upd)
2021.10.17: Arsacids of Parthia
2021.09.10: Sasanids of Iran
2021.09.09: Antonius

• Provinces/Governors »
2015.10.08: many updates to province overview
2014.01.20 added Galatia

• Book list »
updated 2021.07.01 with 2 items


• Other changes »
2021.11.13: guidance updated
2019.11.19: mail address corrected
2019.01.24: guidance updated
2017.11.17: updated legio XX VV

• Please Note »
The family trees do not appear with connecting lines in Google Chrome. Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge 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.

Note my email address has been corrected 2019.11.19 to ccs@strachan.dk


Topic Update
Senatorial Families
2021.11.21
Eastern and neighbouring Royal Dynasties
2021.10.29
Roman provinces
2013.01.22
Equestrian offices
2015.09.06
Guidance
2021.11.13
News - listing all updates/additions
2021.11.21
Abbreviations used in the stemmata
2015.09.26
Roman first names and their abbreviations
2007.10.27
Roman tribes and their abbreviations
2007.10.27
Roman legions and their stations. NEW
2017.11.17
Bibliography of useful books on prosopography
2021.07.01
Journals & their Abbreviations
2015.03.22
Prosopograhpy
2007.10.07
Related sites
2007.08.06

Purpose of site

The purpose of this site is to collect and publish prosopographical information about ancient Roman Republican and Imperial senatorial and equestrian 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 periods covered are 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 30th January 2021

The project includes 357 stemmata, incl. 19 stemmata for Eastern royalty, plus 49 files on legions. Note that the earlier stemmata from 2014-2015 still need major updates, in some cases total rework. Versions prior to November 2013 have now with one exception ("F_various" from 2010) all been updated. In general the newer the date the more detailed information and references are included plus an extended header section. I am also gradually converting font from Arial to Times New Roman.

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 Realencyclopaedie and 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 ccs@strachan.dk.


This site is created and maintained by Christian C. Strachan.
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Last modified 30th January 2021 

 


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 bachelor 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/cosmology. 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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