Domitius Marsus

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Domitius Marsus (/ˈmɑːrsəs/) was a Latin poet, friend of Virgil and Tibullus, and contemporary of Horace.[1]

He survived Tibullus (died 19 BC), but was no longer alive when Ovid wrote (c. 12 AD) the epistle from Pontus (Ex Ponto, iv. 16) containing a list of poets. He was the author of a collection of epigrams called Cicuta ("hemlock") for their bitter sarcasm, and of a beautiful epitaph on the death of Tibullus; of elegiac poems, probably of an erotic character; of an epic poem Amazonis; and of a prose work on wit (De urbanitate).[1]

Martial often alluded to Marsus as one of his predecessors, but he was never mentioned by Horace, although a passage in the Odes (iv. 4, 19) is supposed to be an indirect allusion to the Amazonis.[2][1]


  1. ^ a b c  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Marsus, Domitius". Encyclopædia Britannica. 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 784. Citations:
    • J. A. Weichert, Poetarum latinorum vitae et reliquiae (1830)
    • R. Unger, De Dom. Marsi cicuta (Friedland, 1861)
  2. ^ M. Haupt, Opuscula, iii. 332