Gens Vitellia (Nova Roma)

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In the time of Suetonius it was dis­puted whether the origin of the Vitellii was ancient and noble, or recent and obscure, and even mean. The adulators of the emperor Vitellius and his ene­mies were the partizans of the two several opinions. The name of the Vitellii at least was ancient, and they were said to derive their descent from Faunus, king of the Aborigines, and Vitellia, as the name is in the text of Suetonius. ( Vitell. c. 1.) The family, according to tradition, went from the country of the Sabini to Rome, and was received among the Patricians. As evidence of the existence of this family (stirps), a Via Vitellia, extending from the Janiculum to the sea, is mentioned, and a Roman colonia of the same name, Vitellia, in the country of the Aequi. (Liv. v. 29, ii. 39.) The name of the Vitellii occurs among the Romans who conspired to restore the last Tarquinius, and the sister of the Vitellii was the wife of the consul Brutus. (Liv. ii.4.)

Cassius Severus and others assigned the meanest origin to the Vitellii: the founder of the stock, ac­cording to them, was a freedman. Suetonius leaves the question undecided.

Source: Smith

Religio of the Vitellii

Patron Gods of the Gens Vitellia: Iuppiter Optimus Maximus, Mars pater

History of the Vitellii

  • Domus Vitellia ~ A Modern Guest House inside a wing of Santa Chiara's Convent in Rome
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