1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Afranius, Lucius (Roman poet)

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AFRANIUS, LUCIUS,Roman comic poet, flourished about 94 B.C. His comedies chiefly dealt with everyday subjects from Roman middle-class life, and he himself tells us that he borrowed freely from Menander and others. His style was vigorous and correct; his moral tone that of the period.

  • Horace, Epp. ii. 1. 57;
  • Cicero, Brutus, 45, de Fin. i. 3;
  • Quitilian x 1. 100;
  • fragments, about 400 lines, in Ribbeck, Scaenicae Romanorum Poesis Fragmenta, ii. (1898).