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Aesopus, tragic actor, 1st cent. BCE  

George Chatterton Richards and M. T. Griffin

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Dec 2015
Tragic actor, “dignified” (Hor. Epist. 2.1.82), contemporary of Q. *Roscius (Quint. Inst. 11.3.111 “Roscius is livelier, Aesopus more dignified”). He gave *Cicero lessons in elocution ... More

Aetna, Latin didactic poem by unknown poet, 1st half of 1st cent. CE  

Harry Morrison Hine

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Dec 2015
Aetna, Latin *didactic poem of unknown authorship. It attempts to explain the volcanic activity of Mt. Etna (see aetna (1)).The poem is ascribed to Virgil in our earliest MSS and included amongst his ... More

Afranius, Lucius (1), Roman poet, 2nd half of 2nd cent. BCE  

Peter G. M. Brown

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Mar 2016
Afranius, Lucius, author of fabulae togatae in the second half of the 2nd cent. bce, the most famous and best represented author of this genre, with over 40 titles and 400 lines surviving; perhaps ... More

Agennius Urbicus  

Brian Campbell

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Dec 2015

Agennius Urbicus, writer on surveying (see gromatici) produced commentary on *Frontinus' treatise On Land Disputes.

agricultural writers  

M. Stephen Spurr

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Dec 2015
Agricultural manuals, written by practising landowners, flourished at Rome from M. *Porcius Cato (1) (c.160 bce) to *Palladius (c.Mid 5th cent. ce), enjoying higher status than other technical ... More

Albinovanus Pedo  

Edward Courtney

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Dec 2015
Albinovanus Pedo, a well-known wit and raconteur (Sen. Ep. 122. 15; Quint. Inst. 9. 3. 61) who exercised his wit in writing epigrams; *Martial often mentions him as one of his models. He ... More

Albinus (2), writer on music, geometry, and dialectic  

Edward Courtney and R. A. Kaster

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Dec 2015
Albinus (2) writer on music, geometry, and dialectic, probably identical with Ceionius Rufius Albinus (PLRE 1 ‘Albinus’ 14), the consul of ce 335, and perhaps with the poet of works ... More

Albucius Silus, Gaius  

M. Winterbottom

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Dec 2015
Albucius Silus, Gaius, Augustan orator and teacher of rhetoric, from Novaria (Novara) in *Cisalpine Gaul. His life is summarized by Suetonius (Gram. et Rhet.30). The elder Seneca, who ... More

Albunea  

Stephen J. Harrison

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Dec 2015
Albunea, sulphurous spring and stream near *Tibur with a famous waterfall, and its homonymous nymph (cf. Hor. Carm. 1. 7. 12), classed as a *Sibyl by *Varro (Lactant. Div. Inst. 1. 6. 12) ... More

alcoholism, Roman  

John Maxwell O'Brien and Barney Rickenbacker

The ancient Romans were as interested in the harmful effects of excessive drinking and chronic intoxication as their Greek counterparts. In On the Nature of Things, *Lucretius writes that wine's fury ... More

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