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Ex Incertis Fabulis

(A) Ex Comoediis

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Gellius, VII, 8, 5: Nos satis habebimus, quod ex historia est id dicere: Scipionem istum, verone an falso incertum, fama tamen, cum esset adulescens, haud sincera fuisse, et propemodum constitisse, hosce versus a Cn. Naevio poeta in eum scriptos esse—

Etiam qui res magnas manu saepe gessit gloriose, cuius facta viva nunc vigent, qui apud gentes solus praestat, eum suus pater cum palliod unod ab amica abduxit.
  • 2rex Ribb. vel cd. ubi S Veientis Usener salutat S salvere Ursinus saltant cd. Vibe (vel Viba) Buecheler vibae cd. iubeo S iubet Ursinus
  • 3-1comiter S comitem cd. redhostit S redhostis cd. min salust Ribb. Maenalus S menalust cd. Comoed. 1 manu magnas saepe vel manu s. m. Fleckeisen magnas manu sua Bergk magnas manu saepe cdd.
  • 3-2palliod unod Ritschl, Buecheler pallio uno cdd. p. u. <domum> B.
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Unassigned Fragments

Unassigned Fragments

(A) From Comedies

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Affairs at Rome. Scandal about Scipio Africanus:

Gellius: I shall be content with relating this, which is derived from historical record. It is not certain whether this is true or false, but still the story goes that the famous Scipio, when he was a young man, had a reputation by no means unblemished, and that it was almost an established belief that the following lines, written by the poet Gnaeus Naevius, b were directed against him—

. . . Even him whose hand did oft Accomplish mighty exploits gloriously, Whose deeds wane not but live on to this day, The one outstanding man in all the world, Him, with a single mantle, his own father Dragged from a lady-love’s arms.
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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.naevius-unassigned_fragments.1936