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Ennius

(239—169 bc) Roman epic poet and dramatist


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(239–169 bc),

the father of Roman poetry, an Italian from Calabria. His Annals, of which 550 lines survive, show him to have achieved a rugged grandeur. Dryden mentions him in his critical essays, stressing Virgil's debt to him and comparing him to Chaucer.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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