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Same as our Q. Curtius, though it may be, as F. A. Wolf was inclined to think, that the rhetorician spoken of by Suetonius is the same as the histo­rian. This total want of external testimony com­pels us to seek information concerning Q. Curtius in the work that has come down to us under his name ; but what we find here is as vague and un­satisfactory as that which is gathered from external testimonies. There are only two passages in his work which contain allusions to the time at which he lived. In the one (iv. 47 in fin.), in speaking of the city of Tyre, he says, nunc tamen longa pace cuncta refovenie^ sub tutela Romanae mansuetudinis acquiescit; the other, which is the more important one (x. 9), contains an eulogy on the emperor for having restored peace after much bloodshed and many disputes about the possession of the empire. But the terms in which this pas­sage is framed are so vague and indefinite, that it may be applied with almost equal propriety to a great number of epochs in the history of the Ro­man empire, and critics have with equal ingenuity referred the eulogy to a variety of emperors, from Augustus down to Constantine or even to Theo-dosius the Great, while one of the earlier critics even asserted that Q. Curtius Rufus was a ficti­tious name, and that the work was the production of a modern writer. This last opinion, however, is refuted by the fact, that there are some very early MSS. of Q. Curtius, and that Joannes Saris-beriensis, who died in A. d. 1182, was acquainted with the work. All modern critics are now pretty well agreed, that Curtius lived in the first centuries of the Christian aera. Niebuhr regards him and Petronius as contemporaries of Septimius Severus, while most other critics place him as early as the time of Vespasian. The latter opinion, which also accords with the supposition that the rhetorician Q. Curtius Rufus mentioned by Suetonius was the same as our historian, presents no other difficulty, except that Quintilian, in mentioning the histo­rians who had died before his time, does not allude to Curtius in any way. This difficulty, however, may be removed by the supposition, that Curtius was still alive when Quintilian wrote. Another kind of internal evidence which might possibly suggest the time in which Curtius wrote, is the style and diction of his work ; but in this case neither of them is the writer's own; both are artificially acquired, and exhibit only a few traces which are peculiar to the latter part of the first century after Christ. Thus much, however, seems clear, that Curtius was a rhetorician: his style is not free from strained and high-flown expressions, but on the whole it is a masterly imitation of Livy's style, intermixed here and there with poeti­cal phrases and artificial ornaments.

The work itself is a history of Alexander the


Great, and written with great partiality for the hero. The author drew his materials from good sources, such as Cleitarchus, Timagenes, and Pto-lemaeus, but was deficient himself in knowledge of geography, tactics, and astronomy, and in his­torical criticism, for which reasons his work cannot always be relied upon as an historical authority. It consisted originally of ten books, but the first two are lost, and the remaining eight also are not without more or less considerable gaps. In the early editions the fifth and sixth books are some­times united in one, so that the whole would con­sist of only nine books; and Glareanus in his


edition (1556) divided the work into twelve books. The deficiency of the first two books has been made up in the form of supplements by Bruno, Cellarius, and Freinsheim; but that of the last of these scholars, although the best, is still without any particular merit. The criticism of the text of Curtius is connected with great difficulties, for although all the extant MSS. are derived from one, yet some of them, especially those of the 14th and 15th centuries, contain considerable interpola­ tions. Hence the text appears very different in the different editions. The first edition is that of Vindelinus de Spira, Venice, without date, though probably published in 1471. It was followed in 1480 by the first Milan edition of A. Zarotus. The most important among the subsequent editions are the Juntinae, those of Erasmus, Chr. Bruno, A. Junius, F. Modius, Acidalius, Raderus, Popma, Loccenius, and especially those of Freinsheim, Strassburg, 1640, and Ch. Cellarius, 1688. The best edition that was published during the in­ terval between that and our own time is the variorum edition by H. Senkenburg, Delft and Leiden, 1724, 4to. Among the modern editions the following are the best: 1. that of Schmieder (Gottingen, 1803), Koken (Leipzig, 1818), Zumpt (Berlin, 1826), Baumstark (Stuttgard, 1829), and J. Miitzell. (Berlin, ] 843.) Critical investigations concerning the age of Q. Curtius are prefixed to most of the editions here mentioned, but the fol­ lowing may be consulted in addition to them: Niebuhr " Zwei klassiche Lat. Schriftsteller des dritten Jahrhunderts," in his Kleine Scliriften^ i. p. 305, &c.; Buttmann, Ueber das Leben des Ge- schichtschreibers Q. Curtius Rufus. In Bezieliung auf A. Hirfs Abhandl. uber denselb. Gegenstand^ Berlin, 1820 ; G. Pinzger, Ueber das Zeitalter des Q. Curtius Rufus in Seebode's Archiv fur Philolo- gie, 1824, i. 1, p. 91, &c. [L. S.]

P. CU'SPIUS, a Roman knight, had been twice in Africa as the chief director (inagister) of the company that farmed the public taxes in that province, and had several friends there, whom Cicero at his request recommended to Q. Valerius Orca, the proconsul of Africa, in b. c. 45. (Cic. ad Fam. xiii. 6, comp. xvi. 17.)


CYAMITES (KuajU/Tijs), the hero of beans, a mysterious being, who had a small sanctuary on the road from Athens to Eleusis. No particulars are known about him, but Pausanias (i. 37. § 3) says, that those who were initiated in the mysteries or had read the so-called Orphica would understand the nature of the hero. [L. S.]

CYANE (Kvavy}, a Sicilian nymph and play­ mate of Proserpina, who was changed through grief at the loss of Proserpina into a well. The Syracusans celebrated an annual festival on that spot, which Heracles was said to have instituted., and at which a bull was sunk into the well as a sacrifice. (Diod. v. 4; Ov. Met. v. 412, &c.) A daughter of Liparus was likewise called Cyane. (Diod. v. 7.) [L. S.]

CYANIPPUS (Kvdvm-TTos), a son of Aegialeus and prince of Argos, who belonged to the house of the Biantidae. (Paus. ii. 18. § 4, 30. §9.) Apol- lodorus(i. 9. § 13) calls him a brother of Aegialeus and a son of Adrastus. [L. S.]

CYATHUS (KfaBoi), the youthful cup-bearer of Oeneus, was killed by Heracles on account of a fault committed in the discharge of his duty. He

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