Little is known of him for certain other than his birth in Africa province. It is reported by later authors that he traveled to Rome to make his life as a man of letters, but eventually found himself in Tarraco, Hispania Tarraconensis where he founded a school.
He returned to Rome and was befriended by Hadrian. Other than a few letters and poems, his only work is a two book abridged panegyric history of Rome called Epitome of Roman History. It is devoted mostly to military events and takes much from Livy.
I don't want to be Caesar, please,
to tramp round the Britons, weak at the knees,
in the Scythian frosts to freeze.
Hadrian to Florus:
I don't want to be Florus, please,
to tramp round pubs, into bars to squeeze,
to lurk about eating pies and peas,
to get myself infested with fleas."
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Lucius Annaeus Florus was also knows as Julius Florus or Publius Annius Florus.