Flavius the Proud is a name that Professor T. Oates Frostauger purports the lettered tiles found in Pompeii really spell out; without the 10 missing tiles the letters spell Floradora. In his article "Some Calm Observations on a Few Lettered Tiles and Old Bones" Frostauger says the tiles found were only part of a longer inscription that read "Flavivs Orgvlvs Adorat Pvellam" (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 81).


The gens, or family name, Flavia was a plebeian family at Rome. The name is derived from flavus, meaning "golden" or "golden-brown," and probably referred to the blond hair possessed by an early member of the family. In modern use, Flavius is a personal name, and widely used in romance languages[1].


  1. Wikipedia: Flavia (gens)

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