Biography of Lucio Afranio (ca. 150 a.C.-?)

Latin poet born around 150 a. C. According to data provided by Cicero, it was an admirer and imitator of the speaker C. Titus, who lived at the end of the II century a. C. Afranio is one of the most prolific authors of fabulae togatae, comedies in which the characters and arguments are purely Roman, so tend to represent the life of any city in Italy. Afrânio acknowledged feeling a great admiration by Terence, whose performing arts served as inspiration for his portraits of the middle class of Rome. Similarly, his plays reveal a clear influence of Menander, something that the author himself acknowledges in the preface of one of his works. Afranius was also the author of togadas of more talent, although it received criticism from later critics, who referred to the appearance of the theme of love pedarastas in their comedies. Also Varro praised it, perhaps because his works lacked a moral content at the height of the works of Terence or Titinio. The comedies of Afranius were highly successful even in imperial times. They have come down to us titles 44 comedies, including Divortium, Epistula, Fratriae, Privignus and Vopiscus.

Bibliography

O Ribbeck, Comicorum Romanorum Fragmenta, Leipzig, 1897; W Beare, the Roman scene, Buenos Aires, 1964; A López López, Fabularum togatarum fragmenta, Salamanca, 1983.

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