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Cupido amans  

J. H. D. Scourfield

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Dec 2015

A poem of unknown authorship, in sixteen hexameters, on Cupid in love; post-Augustan.

Curiatius Maternus, Roman dramatist  

M. Winterbottom

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Mar 2016
The host and main speaker in *Tacitus' Dialogus, he champions poetry against oratory and explains the decay of eloquence by appeal to historical circumstances. His (lost) plays included praetextae ... More

Curtius Montanus  

M. T. Griffin

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Mar 2016
Curtius Montanus was prosecuted under *Nero for his satiric poems, at the same time as *Thrasea Paetus and *Helvidius Priscus were condemned for treason. He was excluded from holding any public ... More

Curtius Rufus, Quintus, rhetorician and historian  

Albert Brian Bosworth

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Mar 2016
Curtius (RE 31) Rufus, Quintus rhetorician and historian, wrote during the 1st or early 2nd cent. ce (under *Claudius remains the preferred choice). His ten-book history of *Alexander (3) the Great ... More

Dares of Phrygia  

Stephen J. Harrison

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Dec 2015
Dares of Phrygia, Trojan priest of *Hephaestus in the Iliad (5. 9) and supposed author of a pre-Homeric account of the Trojan War (Ael. VH 11. 2). The extant Daretis Phrygii de excidio Troiae ... More

declamation  

M. Winterbottom

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Dec 2015
Declamation (Lat. declamatio, Gk. meletē) was over a very long period the main means employed by teachers of rhetoric to train their pupils for public speaking. It was invented by the Greeks, who ... More

Declamationes pseudo-Quintilianeae  

M. Winterbottom

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Dec 2015
Two sets of rhetorical pieces ascribed to *Quintilian. (1) The Declamationes minores (‘Minor Declamations’) are the last 145 of a collection ... More

dedications, Latin  

Mario Citroni

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Mar 2016
Honorific reference to a particular person in a work of prose or poetry, or in one part of a work, is extremely common in Latin literature. This is clearly connected with the important role played by ... More

Dexippus, Publius Herennius, Athenian notable and historian, 3rd cent. CE  

Alexander Hugh McDonald and Antony Spawforth

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Mar 2016
Athenian notable and historian (3rd cent. CE), author of (1) an account of the Successor-period (Τὰ μετὰ Ἀλέξανδρον), lost; (2) a History from mythical times to ce 269/70 in twelve books ... More

dialogue, Latin  

Jonathan G. F. Powell

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Mar 2016
Dialogue in the general sense occurs in Latin literature not only in drama but also occasionally in the written versions of speeches, where a passage of dialogue between an orator and his opponent is ... More

Dicta Catonis  

Alessandro Schiesaro

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Dec 2015
Dicta Catonis, the title given to a versified handbook of morality, partly pagan, partly Christian, dating in its original form probably from the 3rd cent. ce, which was widely studied in the Middle ... More

Dictys Cretensis  

Stephen J. Harrison

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Dec 2015
Supposed companion of *Idomeneus (1) at Troy and alleged author of an account of the Trojan War; fragments survive from a Greek version of the 2nd/3rd cent. ce (PTeb. 2. 268). The extant Ephemeris ... More

didactic poetry  

Alessandro Schiesaro

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Dec 2015
Didactic poetry, which was not regarded as a separate genre by either Greek or Roman theorists, embraces a number of poetic works (usually in hexameters) which aim to instruct the reader in a ... More

didascaliae  

Peter G. M. Brown

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Dec 2015
Didascaliae at Rome: production notices, preserved (sometimes incomplete) for Plautus' Stichus and Pseudolus (in manuscript A) and for *Terence's plays (in the manuscripts and *Donatus (2)'s ... More

Dido  

Cyril Bailey and Philip Hardie

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Dec 2015
Legendary queen of *Carthage, daughter of a Phoenician king of Tyre, called Belus by *Virgil. According to *Timaeus (2), the earliest extant source for her story, her *Phoenician name was Elissa, and ... More

differentiae  

R. A. Kaster

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Dec 2015
Distinctions between words of similar meaning (e.g. metus, pavor) formulated by rhetoricians and grammarians to foster precise diction. The drawing of such distinctions can be traced back ... More

Diomedes (3), grammarian, late 4th or early 5th cent. CE  

John F. Moreland

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Mar 2016
Grammarian, who wrote an Ars grammatica in three books (ed. Keil, Gramm. Lat. 1. 299–529). His work is of value because, though he rarely mentions his sources, he clearly relied upon earlier ... More

diverbium  

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Dec 2015

Dialogue in a comedy as distinct from *cantica.

Domitius Marsus, Augustan poet  

Edward Courtney

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Mar 2016
An Augustan poet often acknowledged as one of his models by *Martial (who indicates that *Maecenas patronized him, 7. 29. 7–8, 8. 55. 21–4); his work Cicuta comprised a collection of ... More

Donatus (1), Aelius, grammarian  

R. A. Kaster

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Mar 2016
The most influential grammarian of the 4th cent. ce, whose pupils included the future St *Jerome. His two artes (‘treatises’) (ed. L. Holtz (1981), superseding H. Keil, Gramm. Lat. 4. 355–402) ... More

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