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Nŏvĭus, a, the name of a Roman gens.
- A. Masc.
- 1. Novius, a famous writer of Atellane plays, a contemporary of Pomponius, about A. U. C. 650-670: Novius probatissimus Atellanarum scriptor ait, etc., Macr. S. 1, 10, 3; Cic. de Or. 2, 63, 255; 2, 69, 279; cf. Gell. 15, 13, 4; 17, 2, 8; Non. 81, 22 sq. et saep.
Hence, Nŏvĭānus, a, um, adj., of or belonging to Novius (the Atellane poet), Novian: oratiunculae, M. Aurel. ap. Front. Ep. ad M. Caes. 2, 13 Mai.: fullones, Tert. Pall. 4; v. fullo, I.
- 2. L. Novius, a tribune of the people and enemy of Clodius, Ascon. ad Cic. Mil. p. 47 Orell.
- 3. Another Novius, Hor. S. 1, 6, 40 (perh. a fictitious name, i. q. Newcomer, Upstart).
- 4. A fortune-hunter, Juv. 12, 111.
- B. Fem.: Nŏvĭa, ae, the wife of Oppianicus, Cic. Clu. 9, 27.