Livius Andronicus


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, fl. 3d cent. B.C., Roman poet, a Greek, b. Tarentum (Taranto). He was captured and made a slave at the fall of Tarentum and was freed by his master, a Livian noble, hence his name. Later he became a teacher and an actor.
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Livius Andronicus

(lĭ`vēəs ăndrənī`kəs), fl. 3d cent. B.C., Roman poet, a Greek, b. Tarentum (Taranto). He was captured and made a slave at the fall of Tarentum and was freed by his master, a Livian noble, hence his name. Later he became a teacher and an actor. He introduced Greek literature into Rome, translating the Odyssey and adapting Greek plays that he first produced in c.240 B.C. Sometimes called the founder of Roman drama, he composed and acted in the first comedy and the first tragedy in Latin (both adopted from Greek models). Only fragments of his works remain.
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Walcott's book represents a Caribbean interpretation of Homer's work, and as such should be considered part of the line of translations that, starting with Livius Andronicus, stretches to the present in English through Alexander Pope, George Chapman, Robert Fitzgerald, and the more than two hundred complete and partial versions of the Iliad and the Odyssey to have appeared since then, culminating in the latest creations of Robert Fagles, Allen Mandelbaum, and Christopher Logue.