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 MAENIA, a plebeian family, which extended itself from the two Maenii, tribunes of the people. Its surname is said to be Antiaticus.

There are four varieties on this familyís coins, which, rare in silver, are much rarer in third brass.

The types of the silver (Maenia) are the common ones with, on the obverse, Minervaís head; and on the reverse, Victory in a quadriga, or the Dioscuri on horseback, with the legend P MAE or P MAE ANT. Ė A small brass of this family bears on one side the head of Hercules, and on the other the prow of a galley., with the inscription P MAE ANT ME.

 Aloysius Odericus thus signally explained the above coins in the dissertation which he gave in Saggi di Cortona. Havercamp, he says, from these contracted epigraphs, (epigraphes siglae, for the letters are tied together) (colligatae) has made out three persons, viz., P. Maenius, Antonius (or Antronius), and Metellus, when nevertheless only one individual is named, that is to say, P. Maenius Antiaticus, Megellus, or Medullinus, or whatsoever other surname begins with the syllable ME.

The first surname rightly belongs to the Maenia family, of  which was C. Maenius, who, in 337 B.C. (416 Ab Urbe Condita), triumphed over the Antiates, according to Livyís history, and the Fasti Capitolini, in which the latter appears as follows:- C MAENIVS P F  P N ConSul DE ANTIATIBVS. Ė The second cognomen, whatever it was, distinguishes this Maenius from other Antiatici, just as the cognomen Spinther serves to distinguish the Cornelii Lentuli from the Marcellini.

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