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date: 03 March 2021

Vergiliomastixlocked

  • Stephen J. Harrison

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Vergiliomastix, ‘the scourge of *Virgil’, a work or critic attacking Virgil cited twice by *Servius' commentary (on Ecl. 2. 23 and Aen. 5. 521), and therefore pre-dating it (before late 4th cent. ce). Such detractors of Virgil were common (Donatus, Vit. Verg.43–6); the name ‘Vergiliomastix’ may be linked with the similar ‘Aeneidomastix’ of one of these, Curvilius Pictor (Vit.

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