a Roman name, which rarely occurs. Varro (de Re Rust. 2.7) speaks of a Q. Modius Equiculus, and Cicero (Cic. Ver. 2.48) of a M. Modius. Juvenal (3.130) also mentions a rich Ronum matron of the name of Modia.
William Smith. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. London. John Murray: printed by Spottiswoode and Co., New-Street Square and Parliament Street. In the article on Soranus, we find: "at this present time (1848)" and this date seems to reflect the dates of works cited. 1873 - probably the printing date.