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Afrānĭus, a, um, adj., name of a Roman gens.
- I. As adj.: Afrania fabula, i.e. written by the poet Afranius, Cic. Cael. 30.
- II. As subst.
- A. Lucius Afranius, a celebrated Roman comic poet, contemporary with Terence or a little later, of whose works we possess only a few fragments. Cf. concerning him, Cic. Brut. 45; id. Fin. 1, 3; Hor. Ep. 2, 1, 57; Quint. 10, 1, 100; Bähr, Röm. Lit. Gesch. S. 70, and Teuffel, Röm. Lit. §§ 121, 135.
- B. Afranius, a general of Pompey in Spain, Cic. Fam. 16, 12; Caes. B. C. 1, 37; Vell. 2, 48.
Hence, Afrānĭā-nus, a, um, adj., of or pertaining to Afranius: legio, Auct. B. Hisp. 7.
Subst.: Afrā-nĭāni, ōrum, m., soldiers of Afranius, Caes. B. C. 1, 43.