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Crassicius Pasicles (Pansa), L.
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Originally from Tarentum, he was enslaved but later freed. His working years were the thirties and twenties BC, first as an assistant for mimeographers, then as grammaticus in modest circumstances. His commentary on  Helvius Cinna's Zmyrna brought him popularity and attracted students from respected families (for example Iullus  Antonius [II 1], son of the triumvir). But at the height of his success he closed his school and followed the sect of the Stoic-Pythagorean philosopher Q.  Sextius. It is not known when he changed his name Pasicles to Pansa (Suet. Gram. 18).

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Kaster, Robert A. (Princeton), “Crassicius Pasicles (Pansa), L.”, 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 23 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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