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Ennĭus, i, m.
- I. Q. Ennius, the most celebrated Roman poet of the ante-class. period, the father of Roman epic poetry, born at Rudiae, in Calabria, 515, died 585 A. U. C.; Ter. And. prol. 18; Cic. Brut. 18, 73 sq.; Hor. Ep. 2, 1, 50.
Cf. respecting him, Teuffel’s Gesch. der Röm. Lit. p. 157 sq., Bernhardy’s Grundriss der Röm. Lit. pp. 188 sq., 360 sq., and the authorities cited by both.
- B. Derivv.
- 1. Ennĭā-nus, a, um, adj., Ennian: versus, Sen. Ep. 108; cf. Gell. 12, 2, 7: distichon, Mart. Cap. 1, § 42: Neoptolemus, id. 5, 15 fin.: populus, the admirers of Ennius’s poetry, Sen. ap. Gell. 12, 2, 10.
- 2. Ennĭānista, ae, m., an imitator of Ennius, Auct. ap. Gell. 8, 5, 3.
- II. L. Ennius, a Roman knight, Tac. A. 3, 70.