A. Author and work
Cornelius Nepos was born around 100 BC (Plin. HN 2,169f.; 9,137; Nep. fr. 38 Marshall) in Gallia cisalpina (Plin. HN 3,127), and probably came from the equestrian class. He pursued no political career, but worked as an author, maintaining contacts with other literary figures of his day and publishing literary works (Fronto p. 15 van den Hout). He died during the reign of Augustus (Plin. HN 9,137; 10,60).
The only substantial sections of N.’ work to survive…