This name derives from the Latin name “Tĕrentĭus” (Guardian) linked to the Gens “Terentia”, an ancient Roman family. Terentius Maximus was a Roman, also known as the Pseudo-Nero, who rebelled during the reign of Titus, but was suppressed. He resembled Nero in appearance and in action, as he was known to sing with the accompaniment of the lyre. Publius Terentius Afer better known in English as Terence, was a playwright of the Roman Republic, of North African descent. His comedies were performed for the first time around 170–160 BC. Terentius Lucanus, a Roman senator, brought Terence to Rome as a slave, educated him and later on, impressed by his abilities, freed him.