64. The Cornelius of c. 1.1
seems to be Cornelius Nepos, the historian; witness
Ausonius, who says
'Cui ... libellum'
Veronensis ait poeta quondam,
inventoque dedit statim Nepoti
. Nepos (circ. 94-24 B.C.) was certainly a
provincial from Cisalpine Gaul (
Plin. N. H. 3.127
Nepos Padi accola
), and probably a native of Ticinum (Plin. Ep. IV. 28.1;
Mommsen in Hermes III.
p.62). His acquaintance with Catullus,
though nothing certain can be traced concerning it was
doubtless fostered by their similarity of origin (cf. §
12). Nepos was author not only of the work De Viris
Illustribus, of which a part, with lives
of Cato and of Atticus, is still extant, but also of
other historical works (cf. c. 1.6 n.) and of poems (Plin. Ep. V. 3. 6).