A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890

a Roman epic poet, contemporary with Statius.

Quintilian thus characterises his genius:

vehemens et poeticum fuit nec ipsum senectute maturum.
The last words are somewhat obscure, but probably signify that he died young, before his powers were ripened by years. He is the
tenuis Saleius
of Juvenal, one of the numerous band of literary men whose poverty and sufferings the satirist so feelingly deplores ; but at a later period his wants were relieved by the liberality of Vespasian, as we learn from the dialogue on the decline of eloquence, where warm praise is lavished on his abilities and moral worth.