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conspiracy against Galba. He was notwithstanding killed by Otho's soldiers after the death of Galba, his head cut off and carried in triumph to Otho. He was buried by his daughter Crispina, who pur­chased his head of his murderers ; but his testa­ment was disregarded on account of the large wealth which he left behind him. (Tac. Hist. i. 1, 6, 11, 12, 13, 32, 37, 42, 48 ; Suet. Galb. 14, Vitell 7; Plut, Galb. 12, foil., 27.)

VFOLENS, an agnomen of L. Volumnius Flamma, consul b. c. 307 and 296. [flamma.]

VIPSANIA AGRIPPl'NA. 1. The daughter of M. Vipsanius Agrippa by his first wife Pom-ponia, the daughter of T. Pomponius Atticus, the friend of Cicero. [pomponia, No. 3.] Augustus gave her in marriage to his step-son Tiberius, by whom she was much beloved ; but after she had borne him a son, Drusus, and at a time when she was pregnant, Tiberius was compelled to divorce her by the command of the emperor, in order to marry Julia, the daughter of the latter. Vipsania afterwards married Asinius Gallus, whom Tiberius always disliked in consequence, more especially as Gallus asserted that he had previously carried on an adulterous intercourse with Vipsania, and that Drusus was his son. Vipsania died a natural death in a. d. 20. (Dion Cass. liv. 31, Ivii. 2 ; Suet. Tib. 1 ; Tac. Ann. \. 12, iii. 19.)

2. The daughter of M. Vipsanius Agrippa by his second wife Julia, is better known by the name of Agrippina. [agrippina.]


VIPSANIUS LAENAS, condemned in A. d. 56 on account of his mal-administration of the pro­vince of Sardinia. (Tac. Ann. xiii. 30.)



VIPSTANUS GALLUS, praetor a.d. 17, died in his year of office. (Tac. Ann. ii. 51.)

VIPSTANUS MESSALLA. [mbssalla, No. 14, p. 1053, a.]



VIRBIUS, an ancient mythical king of Aricia and a favourite of Diana (dea Nemorensis), who, when he had died, called him to life and intrusted him to the care of the nymph Aegeria. (Serv. ad Aen. vii. 761.) The fact of his being a favourite of Diana (the Taurian goddess) seems to have led the Romans to identify him with Hippolytus who, ac­cording to some traditions, had established the

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worship of Diana. (Ov. Met. xv. 545.) [L. S.] VIRGILIA'NUS, Q. FA'BIUS, the legatus of App. Claudius Pulcher in Cilicia in b. c. 51. He espoused the cause of Pompey on the breaking out of the civil war in b. c. 49. (Cic. ad Fain. iii. 3, 4, ad Ait. viii. 11, a.)

VIRGILIANUS JUNCUS. [juncus.] VIRGILIA'NUS PEDO. [pedo.] VIRGI'LIUS, or VERGI'LIUS. The latter appears to be the more correct orthography, as in the name of Virginius or Verginius, but custom has given the preference in modern times to Vzr-gilius.

1. M. virgilius, the frater or first cousin of T. Aufidius, was tribune of the plebs in b. c. 87, when, at the instigation of the consul Cinna, he brought an accusation against Sulla., when the latter was on the point of crossing over to Greece to conduct the war against Mithridates ; but Sulla left Rome without paying any attention to Vir-



gilius or his accusation. He is called Virginius by Plutarch. (Cic. Brut. 48 ; Pint. Sull. 10.)

2. C. virgilius, was praeter b. c. 62, and had Q. Cicero, the brother of the orator, as one of his colleagues. In the following year, b. c. 61, he governed Sicily as propraetor, where P. Clodius served under him as quaestor. He was still in Sicily in B. c. 58, when Cicero was banished ; and notwithstanding his friendship with Cicero, and his having been a colleague of his brother in the praetorship, he refused to allow Cicero to seek refuge in his province. (Cic. pro Plane. 40, ad Q. Fr. i. 2. § 2 ; Schol. Bob. in Clod. p. 333, ed. Orelli ; Plut. Cic. 32.) In the civil war Virgilius espoused the Pompeian party, and had the com­mand of Thapsus, together with a fleet, in b. c. 46. After the battle of Thapsus, Virgilius at first re­fused to surrender the town ; but when he saw that all resistance was hopeless, he subsequently surrendered the place to Caninius Rebilus, whom Caesar had left to besiege it. (Hirt. B. Afr. 28, 86, 93.)

3. C. virgilius, legatus of Piso in Macedonia in b. c. 57, must probably have been a different person from the preceding, since the propraetor of Sicily could hardly have returned to Rome in time to accompany Piso to his province. (Cic. de Prov. Cons. 4.)

P. VIRGI'LIUS, or VERGI'LIUS MARO, was born on the 15th of October,b.c. 70 in the first consulship of Cn. Pompeius Magnus and M. Licinius Crassus, at Andes, a small village near Mantua in Cisalpine Gaul. The tradition, though. an old one, which identifies Andes with the mo­dern village of Pietola, may be accepted as a tra­dition, without being accepted as a truth. The poet Horace, afterwards one of his friends, was born b.c. 65 ; and Octavianus Caesar, afterwards the emperor Augustus, and his patron, in b. c. 63, in the consulship of M. Tullius Cicero. Virgil's father probably had a small estate which he cul­tivated : his mother's name was Maia. The son was educated at Cremona and Mediolanum (Milan), and he took the toga virilis at Cremona on the day on which he commenced his sixteenth year in b. c. 55, which was the second consulship of Cn. Pompeius Magnus and M. Licinius Crassus. On the same day, according to Donatus, the poet Lu­cretius died, in his forty-first year. It is said that Virgil subsequently studied at Neapolis (Naples) under Parthenius, a native of Bithynia, from whom he learned Greek (Macrob. Sat. v. 17) ; and the minute industry of the grammarians has pointed out the following line (Georg. i. 437) as borrowed from his master:

Glauco et Panopeae et Inoo Melicertae.

(Compare Gellius xiii. 26 ; and parthenius).

He was also instructed by Syron an Epicurean,, and probably at Rome. Virgil's writings prove that he received a learned education, and traces of Epicurean opinions are apparent in them. The health of Virgilius was always feeble, and there is no evidence of his attempting to rise by those means by which a Roman gained distinction, ora­tory and the practice of arms. Indeed at the time when he was born, Cisalpine Gaul was not in­cluded within the term " Italy," and it was not till b. c. 89 that a Lex Pompeia gave even the Jus Latii to the inhabitants of Gallia Transpadana, and the privilege of obtaining the Roman civitas by

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