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Avienus
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Postumius (?) Rufius Festus. Roman poet of the mid 4th cent. AD. As an aristocrat of urban Rome, he is committed to the tendencies of the nobles of the time towards the restoration of paganism. In an inscription dedicated to the Etruscan goddess Nortia (CIL 6,537 = ILS 2944), he mentions Volsinii as his place of birth, traces his lineage back to the Stoic philosopher  Musonius Rufus and refers to his two proconsulships [8; 10; 11].

With his poetic reworking of texts from the fields of Greek science and didactic poetry, A. documents once again the continui…

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Küppers, Jochem (Düsseldorf), “Avienus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 10 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e210610>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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