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NARCISSUS. St. Paul in his Epistle to the Romans (ch. Romans 16:11 ) salutes, among others, ‘them that he of the household of Narcissus that are in the Lord.’ The name was not uncommon, but many have identified the person mentioned here with the secretary of the Emperor Claudius, who was put to death by Agrippina in the first year of Nero’s reign, about three years before this Epistle was written. According to the custom of those times, the household of the freedman of Claudius would pass into the possession of Nero, retaining the name of their deceased owner. It will be noted that the salutation is not addressed to Narcissus himself, but to the members of his household.

Morley Stevenson.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Narcissus'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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