Rufus Festus (89 words)

  • Constance Sleeth (University of Otago)

The identification of the author of Breviarium Rerum Gestarum Populi Romani (“Summary of Roman History”) remains controversial, though most scholars now identify him with one Festus of Tridentum, a proconsul of Asia who appears in the work of Ammianus Marcellinus. The Breviarium was probably written during 369-370. A recent synopsis and discussion of Festus’ identity appears in Kelly 2010.


Gavin Kelly, “The Roman World of Festus’ Breviarium” in Unclassical Traditions 1: Alternatives to the Classical Past in Late Antiquity, edd. C. Kelly, R. Flower and M. S. Williams (Cambridge, 2010), 72-89.

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Sleeth, Constance. "Rufus Festus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 December 2012
[, accessed 28 April 2017.]

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