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date: 02 December 2020

Floruslocked

  • Edward Seymour Forster,
  • Gavin B. Townend
  •  and Antony Spawforth

Extract

Florus, the name of three Latin authors, is usually, but not unanimously, identified as the same man. (1) Lucius Annaeus (Iulius in Cod. Bamberg) Florus, Roman historian, author of the Epitome bellorum omnium annorum DCC (‘Abridgement of all the Wars over 700 Years’); wrote no earlier than *Antoninus Pius to judge from pref. 8 and 1. 5. 5–8. His work is an outline of Roman history with special reference to the wars waged up to the reign of Augustus, with the suggestion that the latter had brought peace to the world. Some manuscripts describe it as an *epitome of *Livy; but it is sometimes at variance with Livy. The author also made use of *Sallust, *Caesar, and in one passage (pref. 4–8) probably the elder Seneca (see annaeus seneca (1), l.); and there are reminiscences of *Virgil and Lucan (see annaeus lucanus, m.

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