Sulla Felix

@article{Balsdon1951SullaF,
  title={Sulla Felix},
  author={J. P. V. D. Balsdon},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  year={1951},
  volume={41},
  pages={1 - 10}
}
Livy wrote of the great Scipio at the conclusion of the second Punic war ‘primus certe hic imperator nomine victae ab se gentis est nobilitatus’. But already more than half a century earlier M'. Valerius Maximus, consul of 263 B.C., who captured Messana and was honoured with the cognomen ‘Messalla’, had received a title from a conquest in war. In the century and a half after Scipio became Africanus, many such honourable cognomina were acquired by others. In only six cases is there evidence of… 
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