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date: 03 December 2022

Licinius Macer, Gaiuslocked

Licinius Macer, Gaiuslocked

  • Alexander Hugh McDonald
  •  and Antony Spawforth


Gaius Licinius Macer, the Roman annalist (see annals, annalists), was tribune (see tribuni plebis) in 73 bce, when he agitated for popular rights (cf. Sallust, Hist. 3. 48); *praetor in 68, he was convicted of extortion in 66 and committed suicide. His history of Rome, in at least sixteen books, began with the origins; *Pyrrhus appeared in book 2; its closing-point is unknown. It reflected democratic and family bias (Livy 7. 9. 5) and was rhetorically composed. At the same time, it rationalized legends and quoted original authorities, particularly the ‘linen books’, libri lintei (Livy 4. 7. 12, 4. 20. 8, 4. 23. 2), in order to reinterpret the old political institutions. *Livy and *Dionysius (7) of Halicarnassus used his work. See historiography, roman.


  • Roman History and Historiography

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