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date: 29 July 2021

Asconius Pedianus, Quintuslocked

Asconius Pedianus, Quintuslocked

  • Peter Kenneth Marshall

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Quintus Asconius Pedianus 3–88 ce: probable meaning of Jer. Chron. on 76, his death coming 12 years after the onset of blindness; the earliest reference to his activities may be Servius' remark (on Ecl. 4. 11) that C. *Asinius Gallus (d. ce 33) told Asconius that *Virgil's fourth Eclogue was written in his honour); from Padua (*Patavium) (Livius noster p. 77. 4 Clark; also Quint. 1. 7. 24). It is not known whether he had a public career, although he was certainly familiar with senatorial practice (e.g. 43. 27). His intimate knowledge of the city of Rome indicates that he spent many years there and possibly also composed his written work there. The only surviving work is part of a commentary (written ce 54–7) on *Cicero's speeches, preserved in the order Pis., Scaur., Mil., Corn., Tog. cand., and apparently much abbreviated. It is not known precisely how many speeches received such attention, but it was certainly a considerable number. This commentary was written for his two sons, in preparation for public life. The sources used include Cicero himself (some speeches now lost) and the invaluable *acta for speeches after 59 bce.

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  • Latin Literature

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