Livius Andronicus

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Lucius Livius Andronicus (284-204 BC), was a Greek who became a Roman Dramatist and epic Poet, who gave Romans their first chance to read Greek classics in their own language.

Andronicus was probably born in the Greek colony of Tarentum (now Taranto, Italy), and was made a slave to a Livian noble. After being freed and adopting his former master name, he taught and produced for the uncultured Romans their first formal play, a translation of Greek dramas, in 240 BC. He is regarded as the father of Roman dramatic and epic poetry. His most important work is Odusia, a Latin version of Homer's Odyssey, written in saturnian verses.

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