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Afranius, Lucius

The chief master of the fabula togata, who flourished about B.C. 100. Taking Menander for his model, he achieved great success in depicting Roman life; and Cicero speaks of him as witty and a master of language. The titles of more than forty of his comedies are known to us; and lines of them have been preserved for us, and can be found in O. Ribbeck's collection. His plays kept possession of the stage until after the time of Nero. (See Comoedia.) For criticism, see Ribbeck, Röm. Dichtung, i. 204.

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