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Men in the armed forces

VRENDESION (Ancient city) PUGLIA

Dasius

Of Brundusium, was commander of the garrison at Clastidium in B. C. 218, and being bribed by Hannibal, he surrendered the place to him, whereby the Carthaginians, who were encamped on the Trebia, obtained plentiful stores of provisions. (Liv. xxi. 48.)


Poets

Marcus Pacuvius (220 B.C. - ca. 130 B.C.)


M. Pacuvius, a nephew of Ennius by the mother's side, was a native of Brundusium. He is thus the third instance (Livius and Ennius being the two others) in which early Roman drama is associated with South Italian birth. Pacuvius was born about 219 B.C., and lived to the age of ninety. Of his tragedies, one, called Paulus, was a praetextata; twelve more are known to have been on Greek subjects; and among these one of the most celebrated, the Antiope, was a translation from Euripides. Some remarkable fragments of his Chryses--a tragedy concerned, like his Dulorestes, with the wanderings of Orestes in search of Pylades--disclose the growth of a Roman interest in physical philosophy, and also in ethical questions. About 400 lines of Pacuvius are extant, but many of these are merely single verses, preserved by grammarians as examples of strange words or usages. Much as Pacuvius was admired on other grounds, his Latinity was not accounted pure by Cicero, who couples him with the comic poet Caecilius in the censure, male locutos esse (Brutus, 74, 258). Pacuvius was prone to coin new forms of words (such as temeritudo, concorditas), and carried the invention of compound adjectives to an extent which sometimes became ludicrous,--as in Nerei repandirostrum incurvicervicum pecus.

This extract is from: A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities (1890) (eds. William Smith, LLD, William Wayte, G. E. Marindin). Cited August 2004 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks


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