Before it was given to one of the most beloved characters in literature, Atticus was used in Ancient Rome as a name for men which meant they had good qualities. Latin in origin, the Atticus name meaning is “man of Attica” in reference to the historical territory that embraced Athens. However, many people, including Harper Lee, believe that the name is a reference to the Roman general Titus Pomponius Atticus, who is more closely associated with the Golden Period of Athens.
In addition to being a personal friend of the philosopher Cicero, he was much admired and respected for his knowledge and diplomacy. Cicero loved Titus so much that he gave his book on friendship, called Treatises on Friendship, to him. To this day, the attributes continue to live on in the likable protagonist of To Kill a Mockingbird, who lends genuine humanity to an already meaningful name.
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