The principal families in my Roma Nova families are the Mitelae, the Tellae and the Apuliae, so as we approach publication of the fourth book, I thought I’d do some diagrams to clarify how they interrelate.
Language note: Latin is inflected, i.e. it changes the ending of nouns and adjectives depending on the word’s place and function in sentences and whether it’s singular or plural, feminine, masculine or neuter gender. Women’s names often end in ‘a’, men’s in ‘us’, ‘o’ or ‘ax’ hence Aurelia Mitela, Conradus Tellus, Cornelius Lurio.
As a matriarchal society, Roma Novans use the feminine form when referring to the family in general. (It’s a happy coincidence that in Latin familia is feminine gender although classically familia meant the whole household, but that’s for another post!)
When referring to several members of the family, the feminine plural is used, e.g. the Mitelae.
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