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[98] The Thyestes of Varius1 is a match for any Greek tragedy, and the Medea of Ovid shows, in my opinion, to what heights that poet might have risen if he had been ready to curb his talents instead of indulging them. Of the tragic writers whom I myself have seen, Pomponius Secundus2 is by far the best: his older critics thought him insufficiently tragic, but admitted his eminence as far as learning and polish were concerned.

1 L. Varius Rufus, friend of Virgil and Horace, editor of the Aeneid; wrote epic and a single tragedy.

2 Pomponius Secundus, died 60 A.D.; wrote a tragedy entitled Aeneas.

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