The purpose of this site is to collect
and publish prosopographical information about ancient Roman Republican and Imperial senatorial
families. The Eastern dynasties have been added to show the relationships to Roman families and other Eastern dynasties.
The families are shown as genealogical family trees, a stemma.
The periods covered are both the Republican
from 509 BC until 31 BC and the Imperial
until 284 AD, when Diocletian became emperor.
It includes stemmata (family trees) of the
Roman senatorial gentes (families), and also
includes equestrian members.
Status 5th February 2017
The project includes 317 stemmata, incl.
19 stemmata for Eastern royalty, plus 49
files on legions. Note that the earlier stemmata
from 2013 still need major updates, in some
cases total rework. Versions prior to 2013
have now with one exception ("F_various"
from 2010) all been updated. In general the
newer the date the more detailed information
and references are included plus an extended
header section. I am also gradually converting
font from Arial to Times New Roman.
Guidance to the stemmata
Please see the Guidance topic for information on the structure and details of the stemmata.
The first phase is to collect the raw prosopographical
When all have been entered in more or less
raw format, a second pass of analysis will
structure the genealogical tables with
information on the confidence level of the
relationships, entries will be updated with
information from sources available since
the RE/PIR have been published,
references to relevant articles and notes
with information on the individuals will
Please be aware that many of the geneological
connections in the stemmata are uncertain
and can be disputed. I have in general tried
to be conservative and not make
undocumented assumptions about possible connections.
Often several variants are possible. Fresh
evidence, typically from new inscriptions,
can often correct a stemma or indeed
overturn old theories.
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions,
send them to me at email@example.com.
The author of this site is Christian C. Strachan.
I graduated from the University
in 1980 with a Masters
in History and a bachelors
degree in Political
Science. My thesis was
Analysis of Political Adoptions
Roman Republic". My
in Roman Prosopgraphy is
the main reason for
I also enjoy astronomy/cosmology. Below are
two nice pictures.
The Sombrero Galaxy in Infrared Light.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech and The Hubble Heritage