Category:Gens Cloelia (Nova Roma)

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CLOELIA or CLUILIA GENS, patrician, of Alban origin, was one of the gentes minores, and was said to have derived its name from Clolius, a companion of Aeneas. (Festus, s. v. Cloelia) The name of the last king of Alba is said to have been C. Cluilius or Cloelius. He led an army against Rome in the time of Tullus Hostilius, pitched his camp five miles from the city, and sur­rounded his encampment with a ditch, which con­tinued to be called after him, in subsequent ages, Fossa Cluilia, Fossae Cluiliae, or Fossae Cloeliae. While here, he died, and the Albans chose Mettus Fuffetius as dictator, in consequence of whose treachery the Romans destroyed Alba. Niebuhr, however, remarks, that though the Fossa Cluilia was undoubtedly the work of an Alban prince called Cluilius, yet that the story of the Alban army encamping there was probably invented for the sake, of accounting for this name. (Liv. i. 22, 23 ; Dionys. iii. 2-4 ; Festus, s. v. Cloeliae Fossae; comp. Liv, ii. 39 ; Dionys. viii. 22 ; Niebuhr, vol. i. pp. 204, 348, n. 870.)

Upon the destruction of Alba, the Cloelii were one of the noble Alban houses enrolled in the Ro­man senate. (Liv. i. 30 ; Dionys. iii. 29.) They bore the surname siculus, probably because the Albans were regarded as a mixture of Siculiana with Priscans. Tullus was perhaps another cog­nomen of this gens.

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Praenomina commonly used by members of this gens in ancient times were Publius, Titus, and Quintus.

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