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Matius Calvēna

Gaius. A Roman knight, the friend of Caesar and Cicero, and after Caesar's death, an adherent of Augustus. It is possibly this person who translated the Iliad of Homer into Latin verse; and he certainly wrote a gastronomic work in three books, entitled respectively Cocus, Cetarius, and Salmagarius, the fragments of which were edited by Zell (Stuttgart, 1829). A letter of his to Cicero will be found in the collection Ad Familiares (xi. 28). A hash was named after him (minutal Matianum). Cf. Apic. iv. 174; Pliny , Pliny H. N. xv. 49.

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