Category:Gens Iuventia (Nova Roma)

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IUVENTIA or JUVENTIA GENS, an ancient plebeian gens, which came from Tusculum (Cic. pro Plane. 8), and settled in Rome, probably in the course of the fourth century b. c. According to the statement of L. Cassius, who united with L. Juventius Laterensis in accusing Cn. Plancius, Cicero's client, the first plebeian aedile was a member of the Juventia gens. The correctness of this statement is denied by Cicero; but whether true or false, the fact of its being made sufficiently proves the an­tiquity of the gens. (Cic. pro Plane. 24.) The name does not occur again in history till the year B. c. 197; and the first of the gens who obtained the consulship was M. Ju­ventius Thalna in b. c. 163. Notwithstanding their antiquity and nobility, none of the Juventii played any prominent part in history, and the name is indebted for its celebrity chiefly to the two jurists who lived in the second century of the Christian aera.

The family-names of this gens are Celsus, Laterensis, Pedo, Thalna.

Owing to the common interchange of B and V, the name is frequently written Jubentius in manuscripts and inscriptions.

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