Labiena (gens)

Denarius of Quintus Labienus, minted in Anatolia, 40 BC. Inscription "Q. Labienus Parthicus Imp." The horse on the reverse alludes to Labienus' Parthian cavalry.[1]

The gens Labiena was a plebeian family at Rome. Members of this gens are first mentioned during the final century of the Republic.[2]


The Labieni were long supposed to have been part of the Atia gens, of which Labienus was supposed to be a cognomen. This first seems to have been proposed by the Ciceronian scholar Paulus Manutius, but his conjecture is not clearly supported by any ancient author, nor is there any other evidence that the Labieni were part of another gens.[3] Notwithstanding the lack of evidence, many other scholars have continued to regard the Labieni as a family of the Atii.[4][2]


This list includes abbreviated praenomina. For an explanation of this practice, see filiation.

See also

List of Roman gentes


  1. Eckhel, vol. V, p. 146.
  2. 1 2 Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, vol. II, p. 696 ("Labienus").
  3. Spanheim, vol. II, pp. 11, 12.
  4. Orelli, Onomasticon Tullianum.
  5. Cicero, Pro Rabirio, 5, 7.
  6. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, vol. II, p. 696 ("Q. Laberius Durus").
  7. Cassius Dio, xlviii. 24–36, 39, 40.
  8. Livy, Epitome, cxxvii.
  9. Florus, iv. 9.
  10. Velleius Paterculus, ii. 78.
  11. Plutarch, "The Life of Antonius", 30, 33.
  12. Appian, Bellum Civile v. 65, 133.
  13. Justin, xlii. 4.
  14. Appian, Bellum Civile, iv. 26.
  15. Macrobius, Saturnalia, i. 11.


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