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Orbilius Pupillus

A Roman grammarian and schoolmaster, best known to us from his having been the teacher of Horace, who gives him the epithet of plagosus, from the severe floggings which his pupils received from him (Epist. ii. 1, 71). He was a native of Beneventum, and after serving as an apparitor of the magistrates, and also as a soldier in the army, he settled at Rome in the fiftieth year of his age, in the consulship of Cicero, B.C. 63. He lived to be nearly 100 years of age (Suet. Gram. 9).

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