Latin: Pius, dutiful, dedicated.
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PIVS. Metellus, son of Numidicus, was thus surnamed because through his tears and prayers he obtained the revocation of his father's sentence of banishment from Rome. Hence the common surname which appears on coins of the Caecilia family Q METEL PIVS. See Caecilia.
PIVS is a surname which, after Sextus Pompey, was borne by the
PIVS. Nearly all of the Roman Emperors from Antoninus to Julian the Apostate appear by their respective coins to have assumed this venerable, but in most instances unmerited, epithet.