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Duilius was the noun of a plebeian family of the Roman Republic that died out in the 3rd century BC.[1]

A prominent member of the family was Gaius Duilius, consul of 260 BC, who commanded at the Battle of Mylae during his consulship in the First Punic War. By the use of novel boarding bridges (corvus) he won the first naval victory of the Romans over the Carthaginians.

The first consul of the family was Kaeso Duilius in 336 BC, who became co-founder of a colonia in Cales in southern Italy in 334 BC.


  • Hans Georg Gundel: Duilius. In: Der Kleine Pauly (KlP). Band 2, Stuttgart 1967, Sp. 173 f.
  • Friedrich Münzer: Duilius. In: Paulys Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft (RE). Band V,2, Stuttgart 1905, Sp. 1776 f.

Individual references

  1. For the complete list of members of the gens Duilia who held offices during the Roman Republic, compare T. Robert S. Broughton: The Magistrates Of The Roman Republic. Vol. 2: 99 B.C. – 31 B.C. Case Western Reserve University Press, Cleveland/Ohio 1952. Unaltered reprint 1968. (Philological Monographs. Ed. by the American Philological Association. Vol. 15, Part 2), pp. 560f.