Gaius Asinius Pollio (633 words)

  • Llewelyn Morgan (Oxford University)
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Gaius Asinius Pollio (76-4 BC) was a significant figure in the political and military spheres during the Roman civil wars (49-29 BC) and Augustus’ principate (29 BC – AD 14). Pollio is also a regular presence in the literature of the period, not only as its subject, but also as a patron and an author in his own right. Of Pollio’s own writings very little now survives, but the influence of his magnum opus, a history of the civil wars he fought in, was considerable.

Pollio’s origins were on the eastern coast of Italy, but when we first encounter him he is cutting a comfortable figure in sophisticated circles in Rome, acquainted with Catullus and C. Helvius Cinna, who addressed one of his most celebrated poems to him. …

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Morgan, Llewelyn. "Gaius Asinius Pollio". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 October 2013
[, accessed 22 January 2018.]

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