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Question 1: Today, we refer to many prominent ancient Romans by only their cognomen; for example, ________ (meaning "chickpea") serves as a shorthand for Marcus Tullius Cicero, and Caesar for Gaius Julius Caesar (see Etymology of the name of Julius Caesar).
PompeyMark AntonyCato the YoungerCicero

Question 2: By the Late ________, however, the use of cognomina even in daily conversation had become typical.
Roman RepublicAncient RomeClassical antiquityRoman Empire

Question 3: In the early ________ the Annaean clan differentiated brothers solely by the cognomen: Lucius Annaeus Seneca Maior had three sons: L.
Roman EmpireRoman RepublicByzantine EmpireWestern Roman Empire

Question 4: The cognomen (Lt.: co, "together with," and nomen, "name"; plural, cognomina) was the third name of a citizen of ________, under Roman naming conventions.
Ancient RomeRoman RepublicRoman EmpireClassical antiquity

Question 5: The cognomen started as a nickname, but lost that purpose when it became hereditary (and thus more like a ________).
SerbiaFamily nameSonMatrilineality

Question 6: Because of the limited nature of the Latin ________, the cognomen developed to distinguish branches of the family from one another, and occasionally, to highlight an individual's achievement, typically in warfare.
Aulus (praenomen)Septimus (praenomen)PraenomenDecimus (praenomen)

Question 7: The term (with an ________ plural cognomens) has taken on a less specific meaning.
GermanisationAnglicisationCultural assimilationChristianization

Question 8: One example is Scipio Africanus Major, but some Romans – notably general ________ – had no cognomen at all.
Gaius MariusJulius CaesarPompeyLucius Cornelius Sulla
















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