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Latro, M. Po'rcius a celebrated Roman rhetorician in the reign of Augustus, was a Spaniard by birth, and a friend and contemporary of the elder Seneca, with whom he studied under Marillius, and by whom he is frequently mentioned. He flourished about the year B. C. 17, in which year he declaimed before Augustus and M. Agrippa. (Senec. Controv. 2.12. p. 177, ed. Bipont. Comp. Clinton, F. H. ad ann.) His school was one of the most frequented at Rome, and he numbered among his pupils the poet Ovid. He possessed an astonishing memory, and displayed the greatest energy and vehemence, not only in declamation, but also in his studies and other pursuits. In his school he was accustomed to declaim himself, and seldom set his pupils to declaim, whence they received the name of auditores, which word came gradually into use as synonymous with discipuli. But great as was the reputation of Latro, he did not escape severe criticism on the part of his contemporaries: his language was censured by Messa