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A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology (ed. William Smith), or Tere'ntius Atacinus (search)
Varro, P. Tere'ntius or Tere'ntius Atacinus a Latin poet of considerable celebrity, surnamed ATACINUS, from the Atax, a river of Gallia Narbonensis, his native province, was born, according to Hieronymus, B. C. 82, and in the thirty-fifth year of his age applied himself with the greatest zeal to the study of Greek literature. Of his personal history nothing further is known. Works Varro is believed to have been the composer of the following works, of which a few inconsiderable fragments only have come down to us, but it must be remarked that considerable doubt prevails with regard to several of the pieces commonly ascribed to this writer in consequence of the difficulty experienced in distinguishing between P. Terentius Varro Atacinus and his illustrious contemporary M. Terentius Varro Reatinus, when the cognomen alone is mentioned without the characteristic epithet. Hence it is highly probable that several relics assigned to the latter may in reality belong to the former and vice
Venuleius 1. A Roman senator put to death by Sulla in B. C. 82. (Florus, 3.21.26 ; Ores. 5.21.)
be inferred from Cicero ( Verrin. 1.1.16), who, while exploring the darkest recesses of the defendant's life, purposely passes over his apprenticeship in crime,--" Omni tempore Sullano ex accusatione circumnscripto"--as common to the times, and not peculiar to the man. For a like reason he excepts from exposure whatever vices and excesses Verres had displayed or committed previous to his holding a public magistracy. Verres was quaestor to Cn. Papirius Carbo (No. 7) in his third consulship B. C. 82. He was therefore at that period of the Marian faction (Schol. Gronov. in Verrin. p. 387, Orelli), which he quitted for that of Sulla, betraying Carbo by desertion, and the republic by embezzling the monies with which as quaestor he was intrusted for the administration of Cisalpine Gaul. Sulla sent his new adherent to Beneventum, where he was allowed a share of the confiscated estates, but at the same time narrowly watched by the veterans. He was, however, called to account for his receipts
M. Tullius Cicero, De Officiis: index (ed. Walter Miller), Alexandria (search)
Alexandria the metropolis of Egypt at the mouth of the Nile; founded by Alexander (332); centre of wealth (II, 82); grain market, 3.50.
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