Priscjan (p. 719, ed. Putsch.) quotes a single line
" Saepe greges pecuum ex hibernis pastubu' pulsi" from "Hostilius in primo Annali," where Weichert, although unsupported by any MS. authority, proposes to substitute Hostius
and supposes that a reference is here made to a work by that Hostius who wrote a poem on the Histric War [HOSTIUS]. If Hostilius be the true reading, we find no other allusion to this personage in any ancient author, since he can scarcely be the mimographer mentioned by Tertullian (Apolog.
15 ?, who in classing together " Lentulorum et Hostiliorum venustates" seems to bring down the latter to the reign of Domitian, which we know to have been the epoch of Lentulus, while the versification of the hexameter given above appears to belong to some period not later than the age of Cicero. (See Weichert, Poet. Lat. Reliquiae,
Lips. 11830. p. 17.)