Before adorning one of literature's most beloved characters, Atticus first found its footing in Ancient Rome as a masculine name denoting admirable qualities. Latin in origin, Atticus means simply "man of Attica" in reference to the historic region that embraced Athens. And while Atticus captures a sense of Athen's Golden Age, many others—including author Harper Lee—most align the name to Titus Pomponius Atticus. A close friend of philosopher Cicero, he was much loved and revered for his wisdom and diplomacy. So treasured was Titus that Cicero dedicated his Treatises on Friendship to his honored friend. Today, the qualities live on in To Kill a Mockingbird's admirable protagonist, who adds genuine humanity to an already deeply profound name.
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