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[24arg] Vulcacius Sedigitus' canon of the Latin writers of comedy, from the book which he wrote On Poets.


SEDIGITUS, in the book which he wrote On Poets, shows in the following verses of his 1 what he thought of those who wrote comedies, which one he thinks surpasses all the rest, and then what rank and honour he gives to each of them:
This question many doubtfully dispute,
Which comic poet they'd award the palm.
This doubt my judgment shall for you resolve;
If any differ from me, senseless he.
[p. 115] First place I give Caecilius Statius.
Plautus holds second rank without a peer;
Then Naevius third, for passion and for fire.
If fourth there be, be he Licinius.
I place Atilius next, after Licinius.
These let Terentius follow, sixth in rank.
Turpilius seventh, Trabea eighth place holds.
Ninth palm I gladly give to Luscius,
To Ennius tenth, as bard of long ago. 2

1 Frag. 1, Bährens.

2 The principle on which the ranking was done is a disputed question—the amount of originality, that of πάθος, and personal feeling have been suggested. Vulcacius lived about 130 B.C. He is cited by Suetonius, v. Ter. ii, iv, v (L.C.L. ii, pp. 456, 458, 462).

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