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Carmen de bello Aegyptiaco
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(or Actiaco) is the modern title for 52 hexameters in eight columns and some fragments on P Hercul. 817. It is improbable that  Rabirius was their author; they were more likely part of the Res Romanae by  Cornelius Severus. The poem deals with Octavian's Egyptian campaign after Actium, and Cleopatra's preparations for suicide.


G. Ferrara, Poematis latini reliquiae, 1908

G. Garuti, Bellum Actiacum, 1958

Courtney, 334

R. Seider, Paläographie der lat. Papyri, vol. 2.1, 1978, 4 (for the papyrus)

M. Gigante, Catal…

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Courtney, Edward (Charlottesville, VA), “Carmen de bello Aegyptiaco”, 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 08 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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