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Latin Poets Active
During the Fifites B.C.
The aim of this page is to provide the extant text of all Latin poets who presumably composed or could have composed verse during the fifties. This chronological guideline is followed somewhat loosely as the dating of individual fragments is fraught with danger. Most poets of this period survive either in pathetic, undated fragments or in brief but apparently complete epigrams. However, the period of activity of most poets has been either plausibly conjectured or is securely dated. Thus emphasis is given not to the dating of individual fragments, but rather to the presumption that these poets were active in the fifties, even if a fragment is securely dated to an earlier or later decade.
There are of course two notable exceptions to the disappearance of Latin poetry composed during the fifties: the haphazard transmission of Catullus and the more successful preservation of Lucretius. The entire Latin text and an English translation of Lucretius will available on this site shortly. Only books I-IV of De Rerum Natura are available currently.
We are indebted to E. Courtney's The Fragmentary Latin Poets (1993: Oxford), whose text we have followed for all fragments. We have referenced all fragments both to Courtney's text and the original source. Courtney's work is abbreviated FLP. In references to the FLP, the page number is given first, followed by as fragment number as given by Courtney.
Titles assigned to the fragments are of my own invention.
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All translations © Copyright 1999 by Ulysses Vestal, except Lucretius, translated by W. E. Leonard © Copyright 1921.