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Help Needed: "What does Cn. stand for?"

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Hello,

 

I am writing a research paper and have found this site to be extremely helpful. However, I have one simple (and probably stupid) question.

 

Many of the Roman laws contain "Cn." (such as Lex Manilia de Imperio Cn. Pompeius) What does "Cn." stand for? I assume it is "Consul," but I will have to give a presentation, so I need to be able to pronounce it correctly.

 

Many thanks,

Kevin

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Hello,

 

I am writing a research paper and have found this site to be extremely helpful. However, I have one simple (and probably stupid) question.

 

Many of the Roman laws contain "Cn." (such as Lex Manilia de Imperio Cn. Pompeius) What does "Cn." stand for? I assume it is "Consul," but I will have to give a presentation, so I need to be able to pronounce it correctly.

 

Many thanks,

Kevin

 

Hello Kevin,

 

I suspect that Cn. (Pompeius) stands for CNAEUS (= Gnaeus).

 

Will someone please correct me if I'm wrong?

Edited by Aurelia

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You're absolutely correct, Aurelia. That "Cn" is a name abbreviation, and not a title abbreviation.

 

Here's a link to an earlier discussion on the subject:

 

http://www.unrv.com/forum/index.php?showto...amp;#entry61598

 

kdags, the ancient Romans were in the habit of abbreviating their most common praenomina (first names), just as modern-day folks sometimes use the abbreviations "Wm" for "William" and "Jn" for "Jonathan."

 

For the pronunciation of "Gnaeus" (for your presentation), pronouce it with a silent "g": "nai-us".

 

-- Nephele

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