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A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology (ed. William Smith), (search)
Gallus, Ogu'lnius 1. Q. Ogulnius Gallus, L. F. Q. N., was consul in B. C. 269 with C. Fabius Pictor, and carried on a war against the Picentes, which, however, was not brought to a close till the year after. This consulship is remarkable in the history of Rome as being the year in which silver was first coined at Rome. In B. C. 257 Q. Ogulnius was appointed dictator for the purpose of conducting the feriae Latinae. (Eutrop. 2.16; Liv. Epit. 15; Plin. Nat. 33.13.)
Laeto'rius 4. M. Laetorius Plancianus, magister equitum of the dictator Q. Ogulnius Gallus, B. C. 257. (Fast. Capit.)
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Re'gulus, Ati'lius 4. C. Atilius Regulus Serranus, M. F. M. N., was consul for the first time in B. C. 257, with Cn. Cornelius Blasio, and prosecuted the war against the Carthaginians. He defeated the Carthaginian fleet off the Liparaean islands, though not without considerable loss; obtained possession of the islands of Lipara and Melite, which he laid waste with fire and sword, and received the honour of a naval triumph on his return to Rome (Plb. 1.25 ; Zonar. 8.12; Oros. 4.8; Fasti Capitol.). Regulus was consul a second time in B. C. 250, with L. Manlius Vulso. In this year the Romans gained a brilliant victory at Panormus, under the proconsul Metellus, and thinking that the time had now come to bring the war to a conclusion, they sent the consuls to Sicily with an army of four legions and two hundred ships. Regulus and his colleague undertook the siege of Lilybaeum, the most important possession of the Carthaginians in Sicily; but they were foiled in their attempts to carry the
Serra'nus was originally an agnomen of C. Atilius Regulus, consul B. C. 257, but afterwards became the name of a distinct family of the Atilia gens. The origin of the name is uncertain. Most of the ancient writers derive it from serere, and relate that Regulus received the surname of Serranus, because he was engaged in sowing when the news was brought him of his elevation to the consulship (" Serentem invenerunt dati honores Serranum, unde cognomen," Plin. Nat. 18.3. s. 4 ; "te sulco, Serrane, serentem," Verg. A. 6.845 ; Cic. pro Sex. Rosc. 18 ; V. Max. 4.4.5.) It appears, however, from coins, that Saranus is the proper form of the name, and Perizonius (Animadv. Hist. 100.1) thinks that it is derived front Saranum, a town of Umbria.
Serra'nus 1. C. Atilius Regulus Serranus, consul B. C. 257. [REGULUS, No. 4.]