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(nahr cihss' ssuhss) A common name among both slaves and freedmen meaning, “daffodil.” The Narcissus of Romans 16:11 headed a household, perhaps including slaves and/or associated freedmen, which included some Christians. The most famous Narcissus was a freedman who served as an advisor to Emperor Claudius (A.D. 41-54). He committed suicide shortly after Nero's accession of the throne. It is possible, though not certain, that Paul had this Narcissus in mind.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Narcisus'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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