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Lucius Afranius

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Lucius Afranius, a Roman comic poet, flourished about 94 BC. His comedies chiefly dealt with everyday subjects from Roman middle-class life, and he himself tells us that he borrowed freely from Menander and others. He had a vigorous and correct style and expressed the moral tone of his period.

Horace, Epp. ii. 1. 57; Cicero, Brutus, 45, de Fin. i. 3; Quintilian x 1. 100; fragments, about 400 lines, in Ribbeck, Scaenicae Romanorum Poesis Fragmenta, ii. (1898).


This text is largely based on an entry from the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica

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