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Aesopus, tragic actor, 1st cent. BCE

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).


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