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Paulus, Passie'nus

a contemporary and friend of the younger Pliny, was a distinguished Roman eques, and was celebrated for his elegiac and lyric poems. He belonged to the same municipium (Mevania in Umbria) as Propertius, whom he numbered among his ancestors. Pliny bestows the most unbounded praises upon the character, life, and poems of Passienus. An anecdote which Pliny relates respecting the jurist Javolenus Priscus and Passienus Paulus has given rise to much discussion, of which some account will be found under JANOLENUS.(Plin. Ep. 6.15, 7.6, 9.22.)

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