Atticus Finch, the ethical and courageous lawyer in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," may be history's best-known Atticus.

However, there are others — past and present, real and fictional. Here's a sampling:

-Titus Pomponius Atticus: scholar, businessman, publisher and close friend of Cicero, the Roman statesman and orator. Atticus lived 110 to 32 B.C.

-Herodes Atticus: Born in A.D. 101 in Attica, Greece, he was a famous orator and teacher who went to Rome, where he received top governing assignments and funded manypublic projects. Died in A.D. 177 His father also was named Atticus.

-St. Atticus: Jan. 8 is the feast day of this fourth- and fifth-century Catholic bishop of Constantinople, known as a tireless foe of heretics. Died A.D. 425.

-St. Atticus: Nov. 6 is the feast day of this other St. Atticus, about whom little is known beyond his epithet "martyr of Phrygia," an area now known as Anatolia, a province in modern Turkey.

-Atticus Kodiak: Professional bodyguard and sleuth in a series of novels, such as "Critical Space" by Greg Rucka.

-Atticus the stallion: retired racehorse, now stabled in Santa Ynez, doing as well siring colts and fillies as he did during a four-year racing career on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

-Atticus the dog: Owned by actor Jake Gyllenhaal and named after the character in "To Kill a Mockingbird," Gyllenhaal's favorite book.


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