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Avi'tus, Gallo'nius

was legate over the provinces of Thrace under Aurelian, and a letter addressed to him by that emperor is quoted by Vopiscus in the life of Bonosus. Some critics have supposed, that he was the author of an " allocutio sponsalis," in five hexameters, preserved among the "fragmenta epithalamiorum veterum," and that the little poem itself was one of the hundred nuptial lays which were composed and recited when Gallienus celebrated the marriages of his nephews. (Pollio, Gall. 11.) Wernsdorf, however, considers that the lines belong to Alcimus Avitus Alethius. [ALETHIUS.] (Wernsdorf, Poett. Latt. Minn. vol. iv. pars ii. p. 501; Burmann, Antholog. 3.259, or Ep. n. 259, ed. Meyer.)


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