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LENTULUS

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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 430 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LENTULUS, the name of a Roman patrician family of the Cornelian gens, derived from lentes (" lentils "), which its oldest members were fond of cultivating (according to Pliny, Nat. Hist. xviii. 3, 1o). The word Lentulitas (" Lentulism "; cf. ApJiietas) is coined by Cicero (Ad Farm iii. 7, 5 ) to express the attributes of a pronounced aristocrat. The three first of the name were L. Cornelius Lentulus (consul 327 B.C.), Servius Cornelius Lentulus (consul 303) and L. Cornelius Lentulus Caudinus (consul 275). Their connexion with the later Lentuli (especially those of the Ciceronian period) is very obscure and difficult to establish. The following members of the family deserve mention.
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