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Orbilius Pupillus, L.
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Latin grammarian. In 63 BC, at the age of 50, O. moved from Beneventum to Rome, having served as apparitor (subaltern attendant to a magistrate) at home and on a Macedonian campaign. He lived to be almost 100. A cantankerous character and harsh critic of the scholarly world of Rome, in which he had no success, his place in the memory of his pupil Horace (Horatius [7]) was by virtue of the beatings he administered (Hor. Epist. 2,1,69-71), but at Beneventum he was honoured with a statue (Suet. Gram. 9). There is no record of scholarly works, but he wrote two non-tec…

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Kaster, Robert A. (Princeton), “Orbilius Pupillus, 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 26 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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