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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 February 2020

Enrica Sciarrino*
University of Canterbury, New


At some point in the early second century CE Suetonius set out to compose biographies of important Roman literary figures. The largest surviving section of this work—known as the De Grammaticis et Rhetoribus—opens with what is generally considered an account of the early beginnings of philology in Rome.

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Ramus , Volume 48 , Issue 2 , December 2019 , pp. 148 - 173
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