1. His life
We know very little about Florus. It is generally assumed that his praenomen was Lucius, and his nomen, Annaeus, according to the majority of the manuscripts of the Epitome, but one of them has only “Julius Florus”, without any praenomen. Some scholars think it should be read “Lucius Annius”, “Annaeus” being the result of a confusion with the well-known family of Annaei, to which Seneca belonged.
Due to the fact that there are very few allusions to contemporary events in Florus’ Epitome, various opinions were formed about the time he flourished: the eras of Augustus, Trajan, Antoninus Pius, Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius or even Septimius Severus have been proposed …
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Flamerie de Lachapelle, Guillaume . "Lucius Annaeus Florus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 September 2014
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