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date: 03 December 2020

Aesopusfree

, tragic actor, 1st cent. BCE
  • George Chatterton Richards
  •  and M. T. Griffin

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Tragic actor, “dignified” (Hor. Epist. 2.1.82), contemporary of Q. Roscius (Quint. Inst. 11.3.111 “Roscius is livelier, Aesopus more dignified”). He gave Cicero lessons in elocution (Auct. ad Her. (3.21.34) suggests that he was greatly his senior) and supported Cicero's recall from exile (Sest. 120–123); he returned to the stage for Pompey's ludi, 55 bce, without much success (Fam. 7.1.2). See Div. 1.80; Tusc. 4.55; QFr. 1.2.14. His son, M. Clodius Aesopus, was rich enough to be a wastrel (Hor. Sat. 2.3.239; Plin. HN 9.122).

Bibliography

  • Boyle, Anthony J. An Introduction to Roman Tragedy. London: Routledge, 2006. See especially pp. 145–155.
  • Slater, William J. Roman Theater and Society: E. Togo Salmon Papers I. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1996. See especially pp. 41–43.