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date: 03 December 2020

Albinovanus Pedolocked

  • Edward Courtney

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Albinovanus Pedo, a well-known wit and raconteur (Sen. Ep. 122. 15; Quint. Inst. 9. 3. 61) who exercised his wit in writing epigrams; *Martial often mentions him as one of his models. He also wrote epic, a Theseid (Ov. Pont. 4. 10. 71) and a poem from which the elder Seneca (Suas. 1. 15, to illustrate the theme ‘Alexander debates whether to sail the Ocean’) quotes 23 lines about *Germanicus' North Sea expedition in ce 16. Pedo himself probably served as praefectus under Germanicus (Tac. Ann. 1. 60. 2); the piece is loaded with melodramatic rhetoric and topics applied by declaimers (see declamation) to *Alexander (3) the Great. Pedo was a friend of Ovid and known personally to the younger Seneca (Ep. 122. 15; Sen. Controv. 2. 2. 12).

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