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Lucius Accius

Roman tragic poet.
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Lucius Accius
Accius was a writer of tragedies, and being once asked why he, whose dialogue was celebrated for its energy, did not engage in the practice at the bar, answered, because in his tragedies he could make his characters say what he pleased; but that at the bar he should have to contend with persons who would say anything but what he pleased.
Accius quotes
Oderint, dum metuant.
A man whose life has been dishonourable is not entitled to escape disgrace in death.

Accius Lucius quotes
Indeed, wretched the man whose fame makes his misfortunes famous.
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