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POMPONIUS
Lucius Pomponius Bononiensis, i.e. of Bononia (Bologna), flourished about 90 B.C. He was the first to raise the hitherto improvised popular plays called Atellanoe (q.v.) to a species of art by the introduction of written composition in the metrical forms and technical rules of the Greeks. He is particularly praised for richness of fancy, liveliness in plays upon words, and readiness in the use of rustic and farcical language. [Velleius Pat., ii 9 § 6; Macrobius, Saturnalia vi 9 § 4; Seneca, Controv. vii 18 § 9.] About 70 titles of plays by him are mentioned, a productiveness explained by the small compass of the Atellanoe as being after-pieces. Some titles point to travesties of mythological subjects, such as the Supposititious Agamemnon and the Award of the Armour (of Achilles).
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