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C. Suetonius Tranquillus

published in the Loeb Classical Library,

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 p493  Suetonius
The Life of Tibullus

[Legamen ad paginam Latinam] "Thee too, Tibullus, companion of Vergil, envious death sent in youth to the Elysian fields, that there might be no one to mourn tender loves in elegy, or sing the wars of kings in heroic verse."​1

Albius Tibullus, a Roman knight, remarkable for his good looks and conspicuous for his personal elegance, was devoted above all others to Messala Corvinus the orator. He was his tent companion​2 in the war in Aquitania​3 and was given military prizes.​4 In the judgment of many he holds the first place among writers of elegy. His amatory letters, too, though short are very useful.​5 He died in youth, as is indicated by the epigram written above.

The Loeb Editor's Notes:

1 Written by Domitius Marsus.

2 Cf. Jul. ii.

3 Messala was sent to Aquitania soon after the battle of Actium (App. B. C. 4.38); he celebrated his triumph in 27 B.C.

4 See Aug. xxv.3.

5 This is quite meaningless, so far as anything we know of Tibullus is concerned.

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