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Cordus, Aulus Cremutius

A Roman writer of history who, under Tiberius, in A.D. 25, was accused of treason for having praised Brutus, the slayer of Caesar, and for styling Cassius “the last of the Romans” (Tac. Ann. iv. 34), though the real cause of his prosecution is to be found in some expressions that gave offence to Seianus, the emperor's powerful minister (ad Marc. xxii. 4). Besides his history he appears to have written a work on prodigies (Admiranda), and was favorably known as a pleader. See Held, De Vita Scriptisque A. Cremutii Cordi (Schweidnitz, 1841), and Rathlef, De A. Cremutio Cordo (Dorpat, 1860).

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