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  1. Octavian, died a.d. 964, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 955–964.
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Historical Examples of octavian

  • Two versions of Octavian read, the one "in books of Rome," the other "in books of ryme."

  • And the emblems were those of Octavian, and of the other those of Cleopatra and Antony.


    H. Rider Haggard

  • With eloquent words he praises Octavian and the two legions and Decimus.

    The Life of Cicero

    Anthony Trollope

  • He then returns to the subject of Octavian, and his doubts as to his loyalty.

    The Life of Cicero

    Anthony Trollope

  • The victor Octavian had already taken the name of his grand-uncle, Cæsar.

    Famous Sea Fights

    John Richard Hale

British Dictionary definitions for octavian


  1. the name of Augustus before he became emperor (27 bc)See Augustus
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Word Origin and History for octavian


masc. proper name, from Latin, from Octavius, from octavus "eighth," from octo (see eight).

But although we find so marked differences in the use of the numerals as names, it is impossible to believe that this use did not arise in the same way for all; that is, that they were at first used to distinguish children by the order of birth. But when we find them as praenomina in historical times it is evident that they no longer referred to order of birth. [George Davis Chase, "The Origin of Roman Praenomina," "Harvard Studies in Classical Philology," 1897]
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