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Grattius was a Roman poet of the age of Augustus (63 BC – 14 AD). He was the author of a Cynegeticon, a poem on hunting, of which 541 hexameter lines remain. He describes various kinds of game, methods of hunting, and the best breeds of horses and dogs.

He may have been a native of Falerii[1] but this assertion rests on the doubtful authority of a single lost manuscript, employed in an early printing. The only reference to him in any extant ancient writer is a passing reference in Ovid, Ex Ponto.[2]


  1. ^ E.g. in Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1911, s.v. "Grattius [Faliscus]".
  2. ^ Ovid, Ex Ponto, iv.16.33

External links[edit]

  • Cynegeticon, Latin text from J. Wight Duff and Arnold M. Duff, Loeb Classical Library Minor Latin Poets, vol. I; and English translation at LacusCurtius.