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date: 30 November 2022


, tragic actor, 1st cent. BCE


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


  • Latin Literature

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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).


  • 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.