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Cognomen, or nicknames, are epithets that are given to characters as an additional part of their name in honour (or ridicule) of their characteristics and accomplishments. Each character can only have one nickname, and they typically appear between a character's given and family names. They are typically awarded to characters by certain events, mission tasks, and character interactions, with some historical characters starting the game with their unique historical nicknames. Characters of the Italic culture group have their own special system of cognomen.

Obtainable nicknames[edit]

Event/Mission nicknames[edit]

These cognomen/nicknames are awarded through specific events or mission tasks. Some of these have specific Latin cognomen and non-Latin nickname versions

Latin Cognomen Non-Latin Nickname Awarded from
Aetos The Flag of Epirus Epirote Pyrrhos the Eagle event
Nautarchos The Flag of Egypt Egyptian News Arrives from the Antigonid Kingdom event
Sikeliotos Nesiarchos The Flag of Syracusae Syracusan News Arrives from the Antigonid Kingdom event
Elephantarchos The Flag of Seleukid Empire Seleukid News Arrives from the Antigonid Kingdom event
Gazophylax The Flag of Thrace Thracian Bad News Arrives from the Antigonid Kingdom event
Maccabeus ha-Makabi The Flag of Judea Judean Revolt of the Maccabees event
Curio The Devout When converting extra pops while using the Policy religious conversion.png Religious Conversion governor policy
Novellus The Paragon When assimilating extra pops while using the Policy cultural assimilation.png Cultural Assimilation governor policy
Lupus The Wolf When civilizing barbarian strongholds while using the Policy civilization effort.png Civilization Effort governor policy
Marius The The [SCOPE.sChar('military_genius').GetFamilyDisplayAdjective] Reforms event
Thalassokratios The Greek Inhospitable No More mission event
Eleutherios The Greek Hellenic Liberator mission event
Omagyrios The Greek Megale Hellas and Phocaean League mission events
Eleutherios The Flag of Syracusae Syracusan Recover Sicania mission event
The Great The Flag of Epirus Epirote Western Hegemon mission event
Eleutherios The Flag of Epirus Epirote Master of Greece mission event
Imperiosus The Besieger The The Sacking of [SCOPE.sP('temp_city_scope_warfare_1').GetName] event
Africanus The The Sacking of [SCOPE.sP('temp_city_scope_warfare_1').GetName] event
Catilina The Beneficent The Hold games.png Hold Games government interaction

Triumph nicknames[edit]

These cognomen/nicknames are awarded after holding a triumph for a successful Office general. Each nickname/cognomen will only be awarded once for each country over the course of the game. All of these nicknames have a Latin cognomen version that are given if the character is in the Italic culture group, and a non-Latin nickname version for all other culture groups.

Latin Cognomen Non-Latin Nickname
Maximus The Victorious
Mettalus The Soldier
Merula The Jackdaw
Licinus The Violent
Dolabella The Axe
Cornicen The Bugler
Malleolus The Hammer
Priscus The Ancient
Severus The Strict
Triarus The Shield
Taurus The Shield
Tuditanus The Mace
Regulus The Prince
Poplicola The Popular
Novellus The Innovative
Lepidus The Charming
Habitus The Muscular
Flaccus The Floppy
Crassus The Magnanimous
Brutus The Dull
Aculeo The Hostile

Regional nicknames[edit]

These nicknames/cognomen are granted through the Grant Regional Cognomen character interaction for Office governors, and are based on the region of their governorship. There is also a random chance of gaining a regional nickname for Office generals that win a battle in the region, if their home country does not have its capital in the region. Like the triumph nicknames, these have a Latin cognomen version that are given if the character is in the Italic culture group, and a non-Latin nickname version for all other culture groups.

Latin Cognomen Non-Latin Nickname Regions
Britannicus The Briton Caledonia, Britannia
Gallicus The Gaul Armorica, Aquitania, Celtica, Transalpine Gaul
Belgicus The Belgae Belgica
Germanicus The German Germania Superior, Germania, Boiohaemum, Vistulia, Scandia
Rhaeticus The Rhaetian Rhaetia
Italicus The Italiote Cisalpine Gaul, Italia, Magna Graecia
Illyricus The Illyrian Illyria, Pannonia
Hispanicus The Iberian Tarraconensis, Gallaecia, Lusitania, Contestania, Baetica
Mauretanicus The Mauretanian Mauretania
Numidius The Numidian Numidia
Venedicus The Venedian Venedia
Dacius The Dacian Moesia, Dacia
Hellenicus The Hellene Thrace, Macedonia, Greece
Cyrenaicus The Cyrene Cyrenaica
Aegyptus The Egyptian Lower Egypt, Upper Egypt
Nubianus The Nubian Nubia, Punt
Arabicus The Arabian Palestine, Arabia, Arabia Felix
Syrianus The Syrian Syria, Assyria, Mesopotamia
Asiaticus The Asian Asia, Cilicia, Phrygia, Bithynia, Cappadocia
Sarmaticus The Sarmatian Sarmatia Europea, Sarmatia Asiatica
Bosporanus The Bosporan Taurica
Caucasianus The Caucasian Colchis, Albania, Armenia
Scythianus The Scythian Scythia
Persicus The Persian Persis, Media, Parthia, Ariana
Bactrianus The Bactrian Sogdiana, Himalaya, Bactriana
Gedrosianus The Gedrosian Gedrosia
Indicus The Indian Gandhara, Maru, Avanti, Madhyadesa, Pracya, Vindhyprstha, Aparanta, Tibet
Dravidicus The Dravidian Karnata, Dravida

Italic cognomen[edit]

Characters of the Italic culture group have their own special cognomen system, reflecting the ancient Roman naming practices. Cognomen are placed after the family name, rather than between the given and family names as with most other cultures, and male children will always inherit their father's cognomen when born, if their father has one. Male characters who do not have a cognomen have a 25% chance of receiving one of the ones listed below upon reaching adulthood, chosen randomly. Most Italic cultures share the same pool of cognomen, except for Etruscans and Rhaetians, who have their own separate set.

Italic Etruscan/Rhaetian
  • Albinus
  • Albus
  • Agricola
  • Agrippa
  • Aratus
  • Asina
  • Auspex
  • Balbus
  • Barbatus
  • Bibulus
  • Brutus
  • Bubo
  • Buteo
  • Caesar
  • Calvus
  • Calvinus
  • Cato
  • Catulus
  • Cethegus
  • Cicero
  • Cinna
  • Cotta
  • Crispian
  • Curio
  • Dama
  • Damasus
  • Dentatus
  • Dives
  • Dolabella
  • Donatus
  • Draco
  • Emeritus
  • Eugenius
  • Euphemius
  • Falco
  • Falx
  • Felix
  • Fimbria
  • Flaccus
  • Florus
  • Fronto
  • Gala
  • Galerus
  • Gemellus
  • Gorgonius
  • Gracchus
  • Gracilis
  • Habitus
  • Herma
  • Hilarius
  • Horatius
  • Ignatius
  • Iuba
  • Labeo
  • Laenas
  • Lepidus
  • Leptis
  • Lentulus
  • Libo
  • Longinus
  • Longus
  • Lucan
  • Lucullus
  • Lupius
  • Macro
  • Martialis
  • Marullus
  • Maximus
  • Memmius
  • Mercator
  • Messalla
  • Montanus
  • Murena
  • Mus
  • Nasica
  • Oceanus
  • Octavianus
  • Opis
  • Optatus
  • Otho
  • Paenula
  • Pantera
  • Pavo
  • Peregrinus
  • Pertinax
  • Petronax
  • Pictor
  • Pilatus
  • Polus
  • Prisca
  • Primus
  • Procyon
  • Pulcher
  • Quarto
  • Quiricus
  • Regillus
  • Remus
  • Romanus
  • Romulus
  • Rufus
  • Ruso
  • Sabinus
  • Salinator
  • Scaevola
  • Scipio
  • Scrofa
  • Seneca
  • Senna
  • Severus
  • Sorex
  • Statius
  • Strabo
  • Super
  • Superbus
  • Tacitus
  • Tertulus
  • Trebonius
  • Tibullus
  • Tullius
  • Ursinus
  • Ursus
  • Valens
  • Varro
  • Varus
  • Vergilius
  • Viator
  • Victor
  • Vindex
  • Virilis
  • Vitalis
  • Vitus
  • Zeno
  • Zoilus
  • Zosimus
  • Acilu
  • Acrate
  • Apurthe
  • Campane
  • Ceice
  • Cencu
  • Creice
  • Cesu
  • Crespe
  • Curces
  • Cuthna
  • Herma
  • Latini
  • Nufre
  • Nuste
  • Palpe
  • Papa
  • Prezu
  • Purce
  • Senate
  • Sepu
  • Sinu
  • Trepuni
  • Trepu
  • Tumu
  • Tursikina
  • Venala
  • Ventese
  • Veru
  • Zalle
  • Palpenia
  • Papania
  • Prezunia
  • Purcenia
  • Senatina
  • Sepunia
  • Sinunia
  • Trepunia
  • Trepia
  • Tumunia
  • Tursikinia
  • Venalania
  • Veruna
  • Ventesa
  • Zallenia

Historical nicknames[edit]

Many characters are assigned nicknames or cognomen at the beginning of the game. Some are unique to the character, while others can be gained during normal gameplay.

Nickname Character Country
Monophthalmos Antigonos I Antigonid (37) Flag of Antigonid Kingdom Antigonid Kingdom
Poliorketes Demetrios Antigonid (38) Flag of Antigonid Kingdom Antigonid Kingdom
Dokimos Antigonos Dokimid (78) Flag of Antigonid Kingdom Antigonid Kingdom
Gonatas Antigonos Antigonid (190) Flag of Antigonid Kingdom Antigonid Kingdom
Freantlis Kleanthis Assid (221) Flag of Athens Athens
Theophrastos Tyrtamos Tyrtamid (232) Flag of Athens Athens
Cenni Kochaet I Chola (59) Flag of Chola Chola
The Atheist Theodoros Theodorid (230) Flag of Cyrenaica Cyrenaica
Soter Ptolemaios I Lagid (42) Flag of Egypt Egypt
Keraunos Ptolemaios Lagid (43) Flag of Egypt Egypt
Philadelphos Ptolemaios Lagid (45) Flag of Egypt Egypt
Padmanabhan Anantha I Kalinga (63) Flag of Kalinga Kalinga
The Great Alexander Argead (39) Flag of Macedon Macedon
Nikator Seleukos Seleukid (24) Flag of Seleukid Empire Seleukid Empire
Gelotopoios Antiochos Antiochid (168) Flag of Seleukid Empire Seleukid Empire

Historical cognomen[edit]

Historical cognomen for Italic characters are listed below.

Nickname Character Country
Porcius Laurentius Bernius (243) Flag of Etruria Etruria
Scipio Lucius Cornelius (127) Flag of Rome Rome
Scipio Lucius Cornelius (128) Flag of Rome Rome
Corvus Marcus Valerius (129) Flag of Rome Rome
Corvinus Marcus Valerius (130) Flag of Rome Rome
Pansa Quintus Appuleius (131) Flag of Rome Rome
Paetinus Marcus Fulvius (133) Flag of Rome Rome
Libo Lucius Julius (134) Flag of Rome Rome
Libo Lucius Julius (135) Flag of Rome Rome
Dentatus Manius Curius (138) Flag of Rome Rome
Cursor Lucius Papirius (256) Flag of Rome Rome
Saverrio Publius Sulpicius (301) Flag of Rome Rome
Rullianus Quintus Fabius (302) Flag of Rome Rome
Licinus Gaius Fabius (303) Flag of Rome Rome
Barbatus Publius Cornelius (305) Flag of Rome Rome
Gurges Quintus Fabius (309) Flag of Rome Rome
Sophus Publius Sempronius (310) Flag of Rome Rome
Saverrio Publius Sulpicius (311) Flag of Rome Rome
Crassus Gaius Claudius (312) Flag of Rome Rome
Caecus Appius Claudius (313) Flag of Rome Rome
Russus Appius Claudius (314) Flag of Rome Rome
Pulcher Appius Claudius (315) Flag of Rome Rome
Centho Appius Claudius (316) Flag of Rome Rome
Violens Lucius Volumnius (321) Flag of Rome Rome
Sophus Publius Sempronius (342) Flag of Rome Rome
Caudex Appius Claudius (343) Flag of Rome Rome
Philippus Quintus Marcius (344) Flag of Rome Rome
Gurges Quintus Fabius (345) Flag of Rome Rome
Paullus Marcus Aemilius (353) Flag of Rome Rome
Lepidus Marcus Aemilius (354) Flag of Rome Rome
Brutus Decimus Junius (355) Flag of Rome Rome
Pontius Gaius Varrianus (318) Flag of Samnium Samnium

Numbering nicknames[edit]

Certain nicknames are given to deceased historical characters to ensure they have the correct regnal numbers.

Nickname Character Country
I Alketas (I) Aiakid (0) Flag of Epirus Epirus
II Neoptolemos (II) Aiakid (1) Flag of Epirus Epirus
II Alketas (II) Aiakid (1) Flag of Epirus Epirus
II Philippos (II) Argead (35) Flag of Macedon Macedon
IV Alexandros (IV) Argead (291) Flag of Macedon Macedon
III Arridaios Philippos (III) Argead (304) Flag of Macedon Macedon

Easter egg nicknames[edit]

The following nicknames are associated with special easter egg characters.

Nickname Character Country
Caesar Ioannus Ioannid (69) Flag of Byzantion Byzantion
Valerian Augustus Tollius (188) 20px Istria
Cynicus Joseph Cephas (181) Flag of Judea Judea
Chartografos Anaximander Lomandros (178) Flag of Nesiotic League Nesiotic League
Cantor Arheo Nicholid (180) Flag of Parisia (Britannia) Parisia (Britannia)
Cattus Sebastianus Castilianus (139) Flag of Rome Rome
Biggus Drikus Cuparius (336) Flag of Samnium Samnium
Nates Incontinentia Cuparius (337) Flag of Samnium Samnium