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Antigone

Antigone  

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In Greek mythology, daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, the subject of a tragedy by Sophocles. She was sentenced to death for defying her uncle Creon, king of Thebes, by burying the ritually unburied ...
Aulus Vitellius

Aulus Vitellius  

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(ad 15–69),Roman emperor in 69, son of Lucius Vitellius, was friendly with Gaius (1), Claudius, and Nero. Consul in 48, he became proconsul of Africa (see pro consule; africa, roman), then served as ...
didactic poetry

didactic poetry  

Poetry whose primary purpose is to impart knowledge, whether spiritual, ethical, or practical.Medieval practice, following earlier models, employed most genres to cover a multitude of topics, from ...
differentiae

differentiae  

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Distinctions between words of similar meaning (e.g. metus, pavor) formulated by rhetoricians and grammarians to foster precise diction. The drawing of such distinctions can be traced back through the ...
Ennius

Ennius  

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(239–169 bc),the father of Roman poetry, an Italian from Calabria. His Annals, of which 550 lines survive, show him to have achieved a rugged grandeur. Dryden mentions him in his critical essays, ...
Hellenistic poetry at Rome

Hellenistic poetry at Rome  

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The influence of Hellenistic Greek poetry on Roman poetry can hardly be overestimated. Latin poetry is from its beginnings based on scholarly appreciation of the literary production of the Greeks, ...
Iunius Brutus Callaicus, Decimus

Iunius Brutus Callaicus, Decimus  

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(RE 57)as consul 138 bc and proconsul fought successfully in Iberia (1). After triumphing over the Lusitani (see Lusitania) and Callaeci he commissioned a temple to Mars adorned with ...
Iunius Brutus, Lucius

Iunius Brutus, Lucius  

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(RE 46a in Suppl. 5. 356ff.)was reputedly responsible for the expulsion of Tarquinius Superbus after the suicide of Lucretia and was one of the first two consuls in 509 ...
Latin epigram

Latin epigram  

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The use of metrical inscriptions in Latin is attested from the second half of the 3rd cent. bc. The two oldest epitaphs in the tomb of the Scipios are in Saturnians, and limit themselves to a sober ...
Latin grammar

Latin grammar  

As the language of the church, government, and learning in most of western Europe from the classical period to the late MA, Latin was central to medieval education and culture. ...
Latin tragedy

Latin tragedy  

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Varro and Pomponius Atticus dated the first performance of a Latin tragedy to 240 bc at the Ludi Romani. Performances continued at this and other public festivals down to the end of the 1st cent. bc. ...
Marcus Pacuvius

Marcus Pacuvius  

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(220–c.130 bc),tragic poet of south Italian birth, nephew and pupil of Ennius. Titles of thirteen tragedies of the Attic (see tragedy, greek) type are transmitted. The themes of eight relate to the ...
Servius Tullius

Servius Tullius  

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(RE 18)the sixth king of Rome (conventionally 578–535 bc), murdered by Tarquinius Superbus at the instigation of his daughter Tullia (1). Claudius identified him with the Etruscan adventurer Mastarna ...

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