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Vita Tibulli

Te quoque Vergilio comitem non aequa, Tibulle, Mors iuvenem campos misit ad Elysios, Ne foret, aut elegis molles qui fleret amores Aut caneret forti regia bella pede.

Albius Tibullus eques Romanus,61 insignis forma cultuque corporis observabilis, ante alios Corvinum Messalam oratorem62 dilexit, cuius etiam contubernalis Aquitanico bello militaribus donis donatus est. Hic multorum iudicio principem inter elegiographos obtinet locum. Epistolae quoque eius amatoriae, quamquam breves, omnino utiles sunt. Obiit adulescens, ut indicat epigramma supra scriptum.

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The Life of Tibullus

Thee too, Tibullus, companion of Virgil, envious death sent in youth to the Elysian fields, that there might be no one to mourn tender loves in elegy, or sing the wars of kings in heroic verse.40

Albius Tibullus, a Roman knight, remarkable for his good looks and conspicuous for his personal elegance, was devoted above all others to Messala Corvinus the orator. He was his tent companion41 in the war in Aquitania42 and was given military prizes.43 In the judgment of many men he holds the first place among writers of elegy. His amatory letters, too, though short are very useful.44 He died in youth, as is indicated by the epigram written above.

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.suetonius-lives_illustrious_men_poets_tibullus.1914