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Cornelius Nepos

Roman historian Cornelius Nepos (99 - 24 BC) was a friend of Pomponius Atticus, Cicero, and Catullus. His only surviving work is a collection of biographies, mostly from a lost larger work, De viris illustribus [on illustrious men].

Modeled in a similar short biography fashion to that of Plutarch's Lives, the general concept was to compare the lives of great Roman and non-Roman leaders. Nepos wrote in a very popular, clear and readable Latin, but his work seemed to focus on style more than historical accuracy.

Works:
Liber De Excellentibus Dvcibvs Exterarvm Gentivm (Book on the Great Generals of Foreign Nations)
Liber De Latinis Historicis (Latin History)
De viris illustribus (On illustrious men)

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Titus Pomponius Atticus (110 - 32 BC) was one of Cicero's closest friend. They had studied together and corresponded frequently.



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