The first Roman historian. He wrote in Greek. A member of the senate, he went on an embassy to Delphi in 216 bc. His reasons for writing in Greek were both literary—the possibility of writing in Latin did not occur to him—and political, the need to defend Roman policy to the Greek world. Like other early historians of Rome, he appears to have dealt at length with the foundation legend and then passed rapidly to recent history.
Subjects: Classical Studies.