Furius Bibaculus, Marcus

Christian James Fordyce and Antony Spawforth

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

Published online March 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780199381135 | DOI:

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Marcus Furius Bibaculus, Latin poet, is said by *Jerome to have been born at Cremona in 103 bce. *Suetonius makes him a pupil of *Valerius Cato, another Cisalpine, and quotes two hendecasyllabic epigrams on Cato by him (Gramm. 11); *Tacitus (1) mentions him and Catullus together (Ann. 4. 34. 8: cf. Quint.Inst. 10. 1. 26) as the authors of lampoons on ‘the Caesars’ which *Caesar and *Octavian ignored. These data seem to connect him with the circle of the novi poetae or ‘new poets’ (and he may be the Furius of Catullus 11, 16, 23, and 26); but in that case Jerome's date must be some twenty years too early. A contemporary poet whom *Horace accuses of bombast (Sat. 2. 5. 40) is identified by the scholia with Furius Bibaculus, author of a poem on ‘the Gallic War’, which may be the hexameter Annales (in at least eleven books) of one Furius from which *Macrobius (Sat.

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Subjects: Classical Literature

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