(c. 220—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 Trojan War. Several plots seem to have come from post‐Euripidean pieces (see euripides). Pacuvius' borrowings of Greek poetic vocabulary, neologisms and deviant syntax incurred criticism from the grammatical purists of his own time. In the 1st cent. he was regarded as the greatest of the Latin tragic poets, surpassing Accius in his use of the high tragic style.
Subjects: Classical studies