or POPLI'CULA, or POPLI'COLA, a Roman cognomen, signified "one who courts the people" (from populus
) and thus "a friend of the people."
The form Poplicula
was the most ancient. Poplicola
generally occurs in inscriptions, but we also find Poplicula
No. 547). Publicola
was the more modern form, and seems to have been the one usually employed by the Romans in later times. We find it in the best manuscripts of Livy, and in the palimpsest manuscript of Cicero's De Republica.