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Florus, Ju'lius

addressed by Horace in two epistles (1.3, 2.2), was, as we learn from the poet, attached to the suite of Claudius Tiberius Nero, when that prince was despatched by Augustus to place Tigranes upon the throne of Armenia. He was, moreover, according to Porphyrion, the author of satires, or rather, it would seem, the editor of extracts from the satirical works of Ennius, Lucilius, and Varro. It is not improbable that he is the Florus, mentioned as a pupil of M. Porcius Latro by Seneca (Controv. 4.025), who quotes a passage from one of his pieces, apparently a declamation, entitled Flamininus. We may perhaps identify both with the Julius Florus whom] Quintilian (10.3.13) places in the foremost rank among the orators of Gaul, since he eventually practised his profession in that country (quoniam ibi demum eam (sc. eloquentiam) exercuit), and it is not impossible that all three are one and the same with Julius Florus who in the eighth year of Tiberius headed an insurrection among the Treviri. (Tac. Ann. 3.40, 42). See Weichert, Poet. Lat. Reliq. p. 36.5, &c.

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