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Homo novus ("new man"): Latin indication for the first member of a Roman family to be elected consul.
In a society in which ancient families had great privileges, it was quite something when someone without long list of noble ancestors reached the highest offices. In the Roman Republic, such a newcomer was called a homo novus, a "new man": a consul whose father had belonged to the secpnd tier of the Roman elite, the equites. An example is Cicero.