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date: 29 November 2020

Granius Licinianuslocked

  • Christopher Pelling

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Author of a compendium of Roman history. The arrangement is annalistic (see annals), with digressions; most of the material seems to come ultimately from *Livy, but he knows other authors too, notably *Sallust. The remains, preserved in a now largely illegible London palimpsest, come from books 2 (?), 28, 3 (?), 35, 36, referring to events of 165–162, 105, and 86–77 bce. Post-Hadrianic in date, the work shows an interest in curiosities, prodigies, anecdotes, and antiquarian explanations of institutions. Servius also quotes his Cena (‘Dinner’) for a detail of ancient drinking practice.

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