Titus Pomponius Atticus
Roman writer and philosopher, friend of Cicerowd:Q311733
country of citizenship: Ancient Rome
language of expression: Latin, Ancient Greek
occupation: writer, philosopher, banker, poet, Ancient Roman historian, annalist, Ancient Roman politician
Titus Pomponius Atticus (c. 110 BC – 31 March 32 BC; later named Quintus Caecilius Pomponianus Atticus) was a Roman editor, banker, and patron of letters, best known for his correspondence and close friendship with prominent Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero. Atticus was from a wealthy Roman family of the equestrian class (lower aristocratic non-ruling class) and from the Pomponia gens.
A close friend since childhood, Cicero dedicated his work, Laelius de Amicitia (Latin for 'Treatises on Friendship'), to Atticus. Their correspondence, often written in subtle code to disguise their political observations, is preserved in Epistulae ad Atticum (Letters to Atticus) compiled by Tiro, Cicero's slave (later his freedman) and personal secretary.
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