Ennius

EnniusIn existographies, Ennius (239-169BC) (IQ:165|#430) (Cattell 1000:855) [RGM:N/A|1,500+] (CR:4) was a Roman epic poet, aka "father of Latin poetry", dramatist, and satirist, noted for []

Annals
In c.180BC, Ennius penned Annals, comprised of eighteen books of Roman history in hexameters, which become the authoritative version of Rome’s rise from the fall of Troy (and thus the Trojan migration to Italy) up to the censorship of Cato; popularity and authority of the Annales led to hexameters replacing Saturnian verse as the preferred meter of epic (and epic-like) poems. (Ѻ)

Quotes | On
The following are quotes on Ennius:

“They do not know the nature of the soul: if it is born or at birth slipped into us; whether, destroyed by death, it dies with us, or goes to see hell’s broad and lightless pools, or by some miracle passes to other creatures [see: transmigration], as our loved Ennius sang, who first brought down from lovely Helicon garlands evergreen to grow in fame wherever Italians live. Yet Ennius claimed the underworld exists, and told his tale in deathless verse, a place where neither soul nor flesh lives on but a sort of 'images', pale and eerie things.”
Lucretius (55BC), On the Nature of Things (translator: Frank Copley) (pg. 3) (1:112-23)

“Is it not a wonder that anyone can bring himself to believe that a number of solid and separate particles by their chance collisions and moved only by the force of their own weight could bring into being so marvelous and beautiful a world. If one believes such a thing possible, I cannot conceive why one would not believe as well that by haphazardly throwing a vast quantity of the twenty-one letters onto the ground, the result could be EnniusAnnals, such that they could then be read. I doubt if chance could by itself complete even a single line.”
Cicero (45BC), voice of Balbus in On The Nature of the Gods [1]

Quotes | By
The following are quotes by Ennius:

“An ugly brute the ape may be, but how he resembles you and me!”
— Ennius (c.180BC), from a lost satire [2]

References
1. (a) Cicero. (45BC). On the Nature of the Gods (translator: Horace McGregor) (chance, pg. 166). Penguin, 1972.
(b) Hecht, Jennifer M. (2003). Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas (§:Cicero, pgs. 131-46; chance, pg. 140). HarperOne.
(c) Pullman, Bernard. (1995). The Atom in the History of Human Thought (translator: Axel Reisinger) (pg. 70). Oxford University Press, 2001.
(d) Stenger, Victor J. (2013). God and the Atom: from Democritus to the Higgs Boson: the Story of a Triumphant Idea (pg. 45). Prometheus Books.
2. Cicero. (45BC). The Nature of the Gods (Introduction, translation, and notes: Patrick Walsh) (pg. 37, 168). Oxford University Press, 1998.

External links
Ennius – Wikipedia.

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