Accius, Lucius


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Accius, Lucius

 

Born 170 B.C. in Umbria; died sometime after 90 B.C. in Rome (?). Roman dramatist and philologist.

Accius was the author of more than 40 tragedies with subjects taken from Greek mythology and two other tragedies whose themes are taken from Roman history. At the same time, Accius reflected the political situation of his age and condemned tyranny. His tragedy Brutus was directed against Scipio the Younger. His works are written in a rhetorical style, with much pathos. Only fragments, amounting to about 700 lines, remain of Accius’ works.

WORKS

[Fragments], in Scaenicorum Romanorum fragmenta. Vol. 1: Tragicorum fragmenta. Edited by A. Klotz. Munich, 1953.

REFERENCE

Istoriia rimskoi literatury, vol. 1. Moscow, 1959.
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