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Antistia (gens)

The gens Antistia, sometimes written Antestia, originally was a patrician family of Gabii.[1] In the Republican period the gens became a plebeian family at Rome, and some branches were later admitted to the Roman patriciate during the first decades of the empire (see below).


The oldest families of the Antistii used the praenomina Sextus, Lucius, and Marcus. In the later Republic, members of the gens also used Publius, Titus, Gaius, and Quintus. The Antistii Veteres used primarily Gaius and Lucius.

Branches and cognomina

In the earlier ages of the Republic, none of the members of the gens appear with any cognomen or surname, and even in later times they are sometimes mentioned without one. The surnames under the Republic are Labeo, Reginus, and Vetus. The latter was the greatest family of the Antistii, and held several consulships from the time of Augustus to that of Antoninus Pius.[2]

Members of the gens

This list includes abbreviated praenomina. For an explanation of this practice, see filiation.

Antistii Labeones

Antistii Veteres

Members of the gens Antistia with the cognomina Vetus were admitted to the Roman patriciate by Augustus in 29.[16]

See also

List of Roman gentes


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  5. ^ Titus Livius, Ab Urbe Condita vi. 30.
  6. ^ Titus Livius, Ab Urbe Condita xxvi. 33, ix. 12.
  7. ^ Titus Livius, Ab Urbe Condita xxi. 63.
  8. ^ Titus Livius, Ab Urbe Condita xxvii. 36.
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  10. ^ Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, De Vita Caesarum Julius Caesar 82.
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  13. ^ Jacobs, ad Anthol. Gr. xiii. p. 852.
  14. ^ Schol. ad Horat. Sat. i. 3. 83; Plut. Brut. 12; Appian, B. C. iv. 135.
  15. ^ Accessed 8 March, 2014
  16. ^ Ethnic Identity and Aristocratic Competition in Republican Rome, By Gary D. Farney, 288. Accessed 22 Feb., 2014
  17. ^ a b c d Marcus Velleius Paterculus, Compendium of Roman History ii. 43.
  18. ^ Plutarchus, Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans Caesar 5.
  19. ^ Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, De Vita Caesarum Caesar 7.
  20. ^ Lucius Cassius Dio Cocceianus, Roman History lv. 9.
  21. ^ Publius Cornelius Tacitus, Annales iv. 17.
  22. ^ Sextus Julius Frontinus, De Aquaeductu 102.
  23. ^ a b c Fasti Capitolini
  24. ^ Publius Cornelius Tacitus, Annales xxi. 25.
  25. ^ Lucius Cassius Dio Cocceianus, Roman History lxvii. 14.


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