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Meaning & History

Italian form of the Roman cognomen Scaevola, which was derived from Latin scaevus "left-handed". The first bearer of this name was Gaius Mucius Scaevola, who acquired it, according to legend, after he thrust his right hand into a blazing fire in order to intimidate the Etruscan king Porsenna, who was blockading the city of Rome.
Other Languages & CulturesScaevola Ancient Roman

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Statue of Mucius Scaevola by Louis-Pierre Deseine (1791)Statue of Mucius Scaevola by Louis-Pierre Deseine (1791)
Entry updated May 19, 2007   Contribute