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Rufus Cani'nius

a native of Comum, and a friend and neighbour of the younger Pliny, was well versed in literature, and especially poetry. He appears also to have possessed some talent for the composition of poetry, and meditated writing a poem on the Dacian war (Plin. Ep. 8.4). But as most of his time was taken up in the personal management of his estates, Pliny begs him to leave them to his bailiffs, and to devote his own time to the prosecution of his studies (Plin. Ep. 1.3). There are also several other letters of Pliny addressed to him, which all more or less urge him to prosecute his literary pursuits, and undertake the composition of some poetical work. (Ep. 2.8, 3.7, 6.21, 7.18, 8.4, 9.33.)

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