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Grosphus, Pompeius

a Sicilian of great wealth, to whom Horace addressed the ode " Otium dives," &c., in which the poet gently reprehends a too great desire for wealth in Grosphus. (Carm. 2.16.) In an epistle to Iccius, the factor or bailiff of M. Agrippa in Sicily, Horace commends Grosphus to Iccius as a man whose requests might be safely granted, since he would never ask any thing dishonorable. The turn of Horace's character of Grosphus resembles Pope's praise of Cornbury,--

" Disdain whatever Cornbury disdains."

Hor. Ep. 1.12, 22.)


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