Lives of the Grammarians and Rhetoricians

Lives of the Grammarians and Rhetoricians

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Lives of the Grammarians and Rhetoricians by C. Suetonius Tranquillus

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Translation by Alexander Thomson, revised and corrected by T. Forester.

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senus, a native of Gaul. He himself tells us, in his little work called "Indignatio," that he was born free, and being left an orphan, was exposed to be easily stripped of his patrimony during the licence of Sylla's administrations. He had a great number of distinguished pupils, and was highly esteemed as a preceptor suited to those who had a poetical turn, as appears from these short lines:

Cato grammaticus, Latina Siren, Qui solus legit ac facit poetas.

Cato, the Latin Siren, grammar taught and verse, To form the poet skilled, and poetry rehearse.

Besides his Treatise on Grammar, he composed some poems, (515) of which, his Lydia and Diana are most admired. Ticida mentions his "Lydia."

Lydia, doctorum maxima cura liber. "Lydia," a work to men of learning dear.

Cinna [873] thus notices the "Diana."

Secula permaneat nostri Diana Catonis. Immortal be our Cato's song of Dian.

He lived to extreme old age, but in the lowest state of penury, and almost in actu

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