Titus Pomponius Atticus

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  • Hannah Mitchell (St Andrews University)

Titus Pomponius (later Titus Caecilius Pomponianus), commonly known by his nickname, ‘Atticus’, achieved his fame with posterity primarily as the correspondent to whom Cicero wrote his largest collection of letters. The pair had been friends in their youth, and later in life Atticus became Cicero’s most trusted advisor when negotiating the fluctuating political currents at Rome and the composition of literature in that environment. Although chiefly known as Cicero’s confidant, Atticus was an influential member of the political, cultural, and intellectual life of Rome in his own right. He chose not to pursue an official political career in the senate and magistracies, but was intimately connected with the leading politicians at …

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Mitchell, Hannah. "Titus Pomponius Atticus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 March 2014
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