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AEMILIUS MACER

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Originally appearing in Volume V17, Page 230 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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AEMILIUS MACER, of Verona, Roman didactic poet, author of two poems, one on birds (Ornithogonia), the other on the anti-dotes against the poison of serpents (Theriaca), imitated from the Greek poet Nicander of Colophon. According to Jerome, he died in 16 n.c. It is possible that he wrote also a botanical work. The extant hexameter poem De viribus (or virtutibus) herbarum, ascribed to Macer, is a medieval production by Odo Magdunensis, a French physician. Aemilius Macer must be distinguished from the Macer called Iliacus in the Ovidian catalogue of poets, the author of an epic poem on the events preceding the opening of the Iliad. The fact of his being addressed by Ovid in one of the epistles Ex Ponto shows that he was' alive long after Aemilius Macer. He had been identified with the son or grandson of Theophanes of Mytilene,'the intimate friend of Pompey. See Ovid, Tristih,' iv. to, 43; Quintilian, Instit. x. 1, 56, 87; R. Unger, De Macro Nicandei imitators (Friedland, 1845); C. P. Schulze in Rheinisches Museum (1898), H. p. 541; for Macer Iliacus see Ovid, Ex Ponta, ii: to, 13, iv. 16, 6; Amores, ii. 18.
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