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Vita Aulis Persi Flacci

Aules63 Persius Flaccus natus est pridie Nonas Decembris Fabio Persico L. Vitellio coss., decessit VIII. Kalendas Decembris P. Mario Afinio64 Gallo coss. Natus in Etruria Volaterris, eques Romanus, sanguine et affinitate primi ordinis viris coniunctus. Decessit ad octavum miliarium via Appia in praediis suis.

Pater eum Flaccus pupillum reliquit moriens annorum fere sex. Fulvia Sisennia mater eius65 nupsit postea Fusio66 equiti Romano et eum quoque extulit intra paucos annos.

Studuit Flaccus usque ad annum XII. aetatis suae Volaterris, inde Romae apud grammaticum Remmium Palaemonem et apud rhetorem Verginium Flavum. Cum esset annorum XVI, amicitia coepit uti Annaei Cornuti ita ut nusquam ab eo discederet; a quo inductus aliquatenus in philosophiam est.

Amicos habuit a prima adulescentia Caesium Bassum poetam et Calpurnium Staturam, qui vivo eo iuvenis decessit. Coluit ut67 patrem Servilium Nonianum. Cognovit per Cornutum etiam Annaeum Lucanum aequaevum auditorem Cornuti.68 Lucanus mirabatur adeo scripta

476

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The Life of Aules Persius Flaccus

Aules Persius Flaccus was born the day before the Nones of December in the consulship of Fabius Persicus and Lucius Vitellius,45 and died on the eighth day before the Kalends of December, when Publius Marius and Afinius Gallus were consuls.46 He was born at Volaterrae in Etruria, was a Roman knight, but was connected by blood and by marriage with men of the senatorial order. He died on his estate near the eighth milestone of the Appian Way.

His father Flaccus died when his son was about six years old, leaving him to the care of a guardian. His mother, Fulvia Sisennia, afterwards married a Roman knight named Fusius, but buried him also within a few years.

Flaccus studied until the twelfth year of his age at Volaterrae, and then at Rome with the grammarian Remmius Palaemon47 and the rhetorician Verginius Flavus. When he was sixteen years old he became so intimate a friend of Annaeus Cornutus that he never left his side; and from him he obtained some knowledge of philosophy.

From early youth he enjoyed the friendship of Caesius Bassus, the poet, and of Calpurnius Statura, who died in youth, while Persius still lived. Servilius Nonianus he revered as a father. Through Cornutus he came to know Annaeus Lucanus also, a pupil of Cornutus and of the same age as himself. Lucan so admired the writings of Flaccus

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.suetonius-lives_illustrious_men_poets_persius.1914