Asconius Pedianus

9 BC - 76

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Quintus Asconius Pedianus (BC 9 - AD 76) was a Roman historian. There is no evidence that Asconius engaged in a public career, but his familiarity with the politics and geography of contemporary Rome suggests that he may have written much of his works in the city. During the reigns of Claudius and Nero he compiled historical commentaries on Cicero's speeches for his two sons, employing various sources: the Acta Diurna, shorthand reports or skeletons (commentarii) of Cicero's unpublished speeches, Tiro's life of Cicero, and speeches, letters and histories written during or shortly after Cicero's times, by such authors as Varro, Atticus, Antias, Tuditanus and Fenestella (a contemporary of Livy whom he often criticizes). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Asconius Pedianus has received more than 74,391 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia. Asconius Pedianus is the 1,533rd most popular writer (up from 2,415th in 2019), the 1,643rd most popular biography from Italy (up from 2,256th in 2019) and the 109th most popular Italian Writer.

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Notable Works

Orationum Ciceronis quinque enarratio
History and criticism, Speeches, addresses, etc., Latin, History
Q. Asconii Pediani Orationvm Ciceronis qvinqve enarratio
Ancient Oratory, Criticism and interpretation, Early works to 1800


Among writers, Asconius Pedianus ranks 1,533 out of 7,302Before him are Juan Goytisolo, Catherine of Bologna, Anne Desclos, Carson McCullers, Rainis, and Adolph Freiherr Knigge. After him are Andal, Kuvempu, Giovannino Guareschi, John Gay, Adnan Oktar, and Fritz Gerlich.

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Among people born in 9 BC, Asconius Pedianus ranks 3Before him are Ptolemy of Mauretania, and Emperor Ping of Han.  Among people deceased in 76, Asconius Pedianus ranks 2Before him is Nicanor the Deacon.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Asconius Pedianus ranks 1,643 out of 5,161Before him are Andrea Sansovino (1467), Grimoald, King of the Lombards (610), Emma Morano (1899), Saint Marcella (325), Domitilla the Elder (50), and Matteo Carcassi (1792). After him are Gerolama Orsini (1503), Frederick V, Duke of Swabia (1164), Lamberto Dini (1931), Giovannino Guareschi (1908), Mikhail Tsvet (1872), and Cesare Ripa (1555).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Asconius Pedianus ranks 109Before him are Quintus Fabius Pictor (-254), Lucrezia Tornabuoni (1427), Enzo of Sardinia (1220), Thomas of Celano (1185), Jacopo Sannazaro (1458), and Catherine of Bologna (1413). After him are Giovannino Guareschi (1908), Corax of Syracuse (-500), Giorgio Bassani (1916), Rafael Sabatini (1875), Pacuvius (-220), and Matteo Maria Boiardo (1441).