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Po'llio, Clau'dius

a contemporary of the younger Pliny, who extols his merits in one of his letters (7.31).


Life of Annius Bassus

Pliny states that Pollio had written the life of one of his friends: the name is corrupt in the manuscripts; the best modern editions have Annius Bassus; but some read Musonius, and therefore suppose that the Memorabilia of Musonius, which Suidas ascribes to Asinius Pollio, is the very work alluded to by Pliny. The name however of the philosopher was Musonius Rufus, and not Bassus; and the way in which he is spoken of by Pliny would lead to the conclusion that he was not the celebrated philosopher.

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