Lucilius, Gaius
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b. probably in 168 BC (alternatively in 180 or 148 BC) in Suessa Aurunca, as a member of the Roman equestrian class;

d. in 103/2 BC in Naples;

established the Roman verse satire.


Despite the existence of 1,400 verses, a reconstruction of the work, or of individual satires, remains hypothetical. This is because many of the individual fragments are comprised of only one or very few verses. The longest fragment, known as the virtus fragment, which develops Rom…

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Landfester, Manfred, “Lucilius, Gaius”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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