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Damasippus, Lici'nius

2. Licinius Damasippus, a contemporary of Cicero, who speaks (ad Fam. 7.23) of him as a lover of statues. In other passages, Cicero, in B. C. 45, speaks of his intention of buying a garden from Damasippus. (Ad Att. 12.29, 33.) He appears to have been a connoisseur and dealer in ancient statues, and to have purchased and laid out gardens for the purpose of selling them again. He is in all probability the same person as the Damasippus who is ridiculed by Horace. (Sat. 2.3. 16, 64.) It appears from Horace that he had become a bankrupt in his trade as a dealer in statues, in consequence of which he intended to put an end to himself; but he was prevented by the Stoic Stertinius, and then turned Stoic himself, or at least affected to be one by his long beard. The Damasippus mentioned by Juvenal (Sat. 8.147, 151, 167) is undoubtedly a fictitious name, under which the satirist ridiculed some noble lover of horses.


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