Famous Ancient Roman Writers

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 1 Virgil

Virgil.
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 15, 0070
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Virgilio, Lombardy
Died: September 21, 0019
1st-century B.C. Roman poet Virgil is best remembered for his epic The Aeneid, which was based on Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. He has also written the Latin poems the Eclogues/Bucolics and the Georgics. His Aeneid, considered ancient Rome’s national epic, inspired other influential works, such as Dante’s Divine Comedy.

 2 Vitruvius

Vitruvius.
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Famous As: Roman Architect
Birthdate: 0080 BC
Birthplace: Italy, Roman Empire
Died: 0015 BC

Roman architect Vitruvius, believed to have served as a military engineer for Caesar’s army, is best remembered for his iconic work On Architecture, which consists of 10 parts, each detailing topics such as construction of temples, public buildings, and others. His book remains a vital treatise on ancient classical architecture.

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 3 Julian

Julian.
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0331 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople, Roman Empire
Died: June 26, 0363

 4 Horace

Horace.
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Famous As: Roman poet
Birthdate: December 8, 0065
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Venosa, Italy
Died: November 27, 0008

Horace was a Roman lyric poet who was influential during the time of Augustus. Renowned for his Odes, Horace's ode-writing style was imitated by a number of aspiring poets in England during the 17th and 18th centuries when ode-writing was considered highly fashionable.

 5 Irenaeus

Irenaeus.
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Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: 0130 AD
Birthplace: Smyrna
Died: 0202 AD

Greek bishop Irenaeus, now revered as a Catholic saint, is remembered for his clashes with the Gnostics and his notable work Adversus haereses. Irenaeus apparently preached about the validity of the Jewish Bible, while the Gnostics were against it. Legend has it that he had seen Polycarp of Smyrna.

 6 Catullus

Catullus
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0084 BC
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: 0054 BC

 7 Lucretius

Lucretius.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 15, 0099
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pompeii
Died: 0055 BC

Lucretius was a Roman philosopher and poet. He is credited with originating the three-age system, which was formalized by C. J. Thomsen in 1836. His only known work De rerum natura, a philosophical poem, influenced several Augustan poets, including Virgil. The poem also played a prominent role in the development of atomism.

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 8 Petronius

Petronius
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 0027 AD
Birthplace: Marseille
Died: 0066 AD

Gaius Petronius Arbiter, better known as Petronius, was a Roman author who lived during Nero’s reign. He was known for his satirical novel Satyricon, which reflected the Roman society of his time. Petronius’s noble birth aroused the jealousy of many. He apparently committed suicide after being accused of treason.

 9 Apuleius

Apuleius
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 0125 AD
Birthplace: M’Daourouch, Algeria
Died: 0170 AD

 10 Lucan

Lucan
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Famous As: poet
Birthdate: November 3, 0039
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Córdoba, Spain
Died: April 30, 0065

 11 Gaius Maecenas

Gaius Maecenas
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 15, 0068
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Arezzo
Died: 0008 BC

 12 Columella

Columella
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 31, 0004
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cádiz, Spain
Died: 0070 AD

Best known for his detailed works on agriculture and farming, his 12-volume treatise De re rustica and the smaller De arboribus, Columella was a Roman soldier who later focused on farming at his multiple estates in Italy. He had previously also been a legal official in Syria.

 13 Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Rome
Died: 0450 AD

 14 Aulus Cornelius Celsus

Aulus Cornelius Celsus
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Famous As: Medical doctor
Birthdate: October 31, 0026
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Roman Empire
Died: 0050 AD

 15 Propertius

Propertius
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Umbria, Italy

 16 Statius

Statius
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Famous As: poet
Birthdate: 0045 AD
Birthplace: Naples
Died: 0096 AD

 17 Cornelia

Cornelia
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Famous As: Aristocrat
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Rome
Died: 0110 AD

 18 Ulpian

Ulpian
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Famous As: Roman jurist
Birthdate: 0170 AD
Birthplace: Tyre, Lebanon
Died: November 30, 0228

 19 Sidonius Apollinaris

Sidonius Apollinaris
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0430 AD
Birthplace: Lugdunum
Died: July 31, 0489

 20 Persius

Persius
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 4, 0034
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Volterra, Italy
Died: November 24, 0062

 21 Tibullus

Tibullus
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Famous As: poet,writer
Birthdate: 0055 BC
Died: 0055 BC

 22 Valerius Maximus

Valerius Maximus
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 23 Ausonius

Ausonius
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0310 AD
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: 0395 AD

 24 Prudentius

Prudentius
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0348 AD
Birthplace: Hispania Tarraconensis
Died: 0413 AD

 25 Sextus Julius Frontinus

Sextus Julius Frontinus
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Famous As: Author, politician, civil engineer
Birthdate: 0040 AD
Died: 0103 AD

 26 Livius Andronicus

Livius Andronicus
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Famous As: Dramatist
Birthdate: 0280 BC
Birthplace: Taranto, Italy
Died: 0205 BC

 27 Claudian

Claudian
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0370 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0404 AD

 28 Marcus Manilius

Marcus Manilius
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Famous As: poet, astrologer
Birthdate: 0001 AD

 29 Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus

Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 0064 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0008 AD

 30 Priscian

Priscian
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Famous As: Grammarian
Birthdate: 0500 AD
Birthplace: Cherchell, Algeria

 31 Aelius Donatus

Aelius Donatus
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Famous As: Grammarian
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Rome
Died: 0380 AD

 32 Helvius Cinna

Helvius Cinna
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0085 BC
Birthplace: Roman Republic
Died: March 20, 0044

 33 Silius Italicus

Silius Italicus
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0025 AD
Died: 0101 AD

 34 Agathias

Agathias
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Famous As: Poet, Historian
Birthdate: 0536 AD
Birthplace: Myrina
Died: 0582 AD

 35 Joannes Zonaras

Joannes Zonaras
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Famous As: Byzantine historian
Birthdate: 1074 AD
Birthplace: Byzantine
Died: 1130 AD

 36 Gaius Valerius Flaccus

Gaius Valerius Flaccus
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0045 AD
Birthplace: Italy
Died: 0090 AD

 37 Kâtip Çelebi

Kâtip Çelebi
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Famous As: Polymath
Birthdate: 1609 AD
Birthplace: Istanbul Eyaleti
Died: October 6, 1657

 38 George The Syncellus

George The Syncellus
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Famous As: Byzantine historian
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Byzantine
Died: 0810 AD

 39 Publius Annius Florus

Publius Annius Florus
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Africa
Died: 0130 AD

 40 Rutilius Claudius Namatianus

Rutilius Claudius Namatianus
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0416 AD
Birthplace: Gaul

 41 Constantine Manasses

Constantine Manasses
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Famous As: Byzantine author
Birthdate: 1130 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople
Died: 1187 AD

 42 Marcus Antistius Labeo

Marcus Antistius Labeo
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Rome
Died: 0010 AD

 43 Statius Caecilius

Statius Caecilius
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Birthdate: 0220 BC
Died: 0166 BC

 44 Gennadius of Constantinople

Gennadius of Constantinople
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Kallepia, Cyprus
Died: November 20, 0471

 45 George Hamartolos

George Hamartolos
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Famous As: Byzantine historian
Birthdate: 0842 AD
Birthplace: Byzantine
Died: 0867 AD

 46 John II, Bishop of Jerusalem

John II, Bishop of Jerusalem
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 0356 AD
Birthplace: Byzantine
Died: January 10, 0417

 47 Theodore Prodromus

Theodore Prodromus
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 1115 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople
Died: 1166 AD

 48 Licinius Macer Calvus

Licinius Macer Calvus
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Famous As: Orator
Birthdate: May 28, 0082
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Arpino, Italy
Died: 0047 AD

 49 Gaius Asinius Pollio

Gaius Asinius Pollio
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: 0075 AD
Birthplace: Italy
Died: 0004 AD

 50 John Geometres

John Geometres
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0935 AD
Birthplace: Byzantine
Died: 1000 AD