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Plebians and Equestrians also had three names


Equestrians such as Lucius Aelius Sejanus


Sejanus is the adoptive form of the name of his gens - Sejanus was a Sejus at birth (like his father of the same name who preceded him as Prefect of the Guard - Lucius Sejus Strabo). At some point in his childhood, perhaps, young Sejus was adopted by a member of the Aelian gens. This was, of course, another way for a Plebeian or Equestrian to acquire a third name or cognomen.

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