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date: 03 December 2020

Cremutius Cordus, Auluslocked

  • Alexander Hugh McDonald
  •  and Barbara Levick

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Aulus Cremutius Cordus, the historian, writing under *Augustus (Suet.Tib. 61. 3) and *Tiberius, treated the period from the Civil Wars to at least 18 bce (Suet. Aug. 35. 2). Refusing to glorify Augustus, he celebrated *Cicero, *Brutus, and *Cassius, ‘the last Roman’. Prosecuted at the instigation of *Sejanus (Tac. Ann. 4. 34 f.), he committed suicide (25 ce). His work was burnt, but copies, preserved by his daughter, were published in abridged form under *Gaius (1) (Cass. Dio 57. 24. 4). *Pliny (1) the Elder and Seneca the Younger (L. *Annaeus Seneca (2)) used his work.

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