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Titia'nus, Ju'lius

a Roman writer, all whose works are lost, was the father of the rhetorician Titianus, who taught the younger Maximinus. The elder Titianus may therefore be placed in the reigns of Commodus, Pertinax, and Severus. He was called the ape of his age, because he had imitated every thing (Jul. Capitol. Maximin. Jun. c. l). He wrote, 1. A description of the provinces of the Roman empire (Jul. Capitol. l.c.), which is perhaps the same work as the Chorographia, which is quoted by Servius (ad Virg. Aen. 4.42) as a work of Titianus. 2. Epistolae, which were supposed to be written by distinguished women, and in which he imitated the style of Cicero. (Sidon. Apoll. Ep. 1.1.) 3. Rhetorica. (Isidor. Orig. 2.2.) 4. Themata, or subjects for declamation taken from Virgil (Serv. ad Virg. Aen. 10.18). Titianus appears to have written other works (comp. Serv. ad Virg. Aen. 11.651), but some of them may belong to his son. It was probably the younger Titianus whose Apologi or Fables, translated by Aesop, were sent by Ausonius to Probus, and who is called by the poet " Fandi Titianus artifex" (Auson. Ep. xvi. Praef. and line 81). (See Vossius, De Historicis Latinis, p. 172, foll.)

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