Gaius Valerius Flaccus

45 - 95

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Gaius Valerius Flaccus (; died c. AD 90) was a 1st-century Roman poet who flourished during the "Silver Age" under the Flavian dynasty, and wrote a Latin Argonautica that owes a great deal to Apollonius of Rhodes' more famous epic. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gaius Valerius Flaccus has received more than 80,456 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. Gaius Valerius Flaccus is the 1,140th most popular writer (down from 1,009th in 2019), the 1,278th most popular biography from Italy (down from 1,146th in 2019) and the 89th most popular Italian Writer.

Gaius Valerius Flaccus is most famous for his poem, "Argonautica," which tells the story of Jason and the Argonauts' quest for the Golden Fleece.

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Notable Works

Poetry. Translated from the Latin by Michael Barich. Apollonius Rhodius' epic poem Argonautica, written in Greek during the third century BC, has become the de facto standard version of the story of Jason and the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece. Gaius Valerius Flaccus' Latin epic of the late first century AD is by contrast little known, even to those otherwise well-read in ancient literature. This translation offers an accurate and appealing presentation in English verse. Flaccus' ARGONAUTICA lends keen Roman touches to the tale, developing further the sense of adventure and the erotic passion found in the Greek. It offers vicarious travel to exotic lands, gripping heroism in the face of wondrous monsters and an all-star cast of famous Greek heroes. The stirring sea voyage is interwoven with blossoming love between Jason and Medea, their young passion not yet gone sour. Michael Barich's deft translation and lyrical grace notes will delight devotees and newcomers to this timeless classic. Barich is a professor and scholar at Ohio's Kenyon College, teaching there since 1985. His Kenyon courses include Greek and Latin at all levels, literature in translation and ancient history--in recent years, advanced Greek and Latin classes devoted to Plato, Aristophanes and Petronius. His scholarly work centers on epic poetry and the literature of the early Roman Empire. He earned his B.A. at Haverford College and his Ph.D. at Yale.
Argonauticon libri octo
Valerius Flaccus
Argonautica/Die Sendung Der Argonauten
Orphei Argonavtica latina

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Over the past year Gaius Valerius Flaccus has had the most page views in the with 6,643 views, followed by Italian (4,415), and Spanish (3,156). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Asturian (359.04%), Slovak (183.33%), and Galician (122.10%)


Among writers, Gaius Valerius Flaccus ranks 1,140 out of 7,302Before him are Rigas Feraios, Bharata Muni, Saint Gall, Michel Butor, Arnold Zweig, and Bulat Okudzhava. After him are Monique Wittig, Léon Bloy, Cornelius Gallus, Anne Rice, Antoine François Prévost, and Gottfried Keller.

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Among people born in 45, Gaius Valerius Flaccus ranks 2Before him is Ban Zhao. After him are Tettius Julianus, and Domitilla the Younger. Among people deceased in 95, Gaius Valerius Flaccus ranks 2Before him is Gaius Musonius Rufus. After him is Titus Flavius Clemens.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Gaius Valerius Flaccus ranks 1,278 out of 5,161Before him are Andreas Hofer (1767), Luigi Tenco (1938), Rafael Bombelli (1526), Ugo Tognazzi (1922), Publius Licinius Crassus (-86), and Thomas Cajetan (1469). After him are Princess Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily (1784), Adolfo Celi (1922), Cornelius Gallus (-69), Iullus Antonius (-43), Agrippa Postumus (-12), and Antonio Lotti (1667).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Gaius Valerius Flaccus ranks 89Before him are Vladimir Bartol (1903), Guido Cavalcanti (1258), Persius (34), Giambattista Marino (1569), Titus Pomponius Atticus (-110), and Elsa Morante (1912). After him are Cornelius Gallus (-69), Giovanni Papini (1881), Francesco Maria Piave (1810), Odoric of Pordenone (1286), Giovanni Verga (1840), and Maurus Servius Honoratus (363).