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[90] We have suffered serious loss in the recent death of Valerius Flaccus. Saleius Bassus1 showed an ardent and genuinely poetic genius, but, like that of Serranus, it was not mellowed by years. Rabirius2 and Pedo3 deserve to be studied by those who have the time. Lucan is fiery and passionate and remarkable for the grandeur of his general reflexions, but, to be frank, I consider that he is more suitable for imitation by the orator than by the poet.

1 Nothing is known of this poet save that he is highly praised by Tacitus in his Diblogues, and was patronized by Vespasian. The unfinished Argonautica of Valerius Flaccus survives.

2 A contemporary of Ovid, believed to be the author of a fragment on the battle of Actium, found at Hereulaneum.

3 C. Albinovanns Pedo wrote a poem on the voyage of Germanicus to the north of Germany. A fragment is preserved by Sen. Suas. i. 14.

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