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date: 03 March 2021

Valerius Aedituuslocked

  • Mario Citroni


Valerius Aedituus, author of two erotic epigrams quoted by *Gellius 19. 9 alongside others by *Lutatius Catulus(1) and *Porcius Licinus, with whom he must have been contemporary (end of the 2nd cent. bce?). The three poets are also linked in Apul. Apol.9, and they may have been collected in an anthology which was Gellius' source for the quotations. Valerius imitates *Sappho 31 LP (the poem later translated by *Catullus(2) in poem 51) and Hellenistic poetry, but the abundant use of alliteration and the metrical technique show the persistent influence of archaic Latin style.

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