An Augustan poet, friend of Virgil and member with him, Quinctilius Varus, and Plotius Tucca of an Epicurean (see epicurus) group referred to by Philodemus. He was also a friend of Maecenas, to whom he and Virgil introduced Horace. He wrote a hexameter poem On Death, probably intended on Epicurean lines to free men from the fear of death. It was apparently written c.43 bc and contained uncomplimentary allusions to Marcus Antonius (Mark Antony); these and other passages were imitated by Virgil. Horace speaks of him as pre‐eminent in epic and suggests him as a panegyrist of Vipsanius Agrippa. His tragedy Thyestēs, which was greatly admired, was commissioned by Augustus for his games of 29 in celebration of Actium and lavishly rewarded by him. After Virgil's death he prepared the Aeneid for publication.
Subjects: Classical Studies.