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Rufinus (poet)

Rufinus (poet)

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Occupations Writer Epigrammatist Poet
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Rufinus (Greek: Ῥουφῖνος) is the author of approximately thirty-eight epigrams, found in the fifth book of the Greek Anthology. When he was active is unknown, though we know that his poems existed by the 390s AD, and he probably postdated the Garland of Philip of Thessalonica, published under Nero. Alan Cameron dates Rufinus to before Strato, which would imply that he was active before 250 AD. Rufinus possibly lived near Ephesus, where one of his poems is set. His verses are of the same light amatory character as those of Agathias, Paulus Silentiarius, Macedonius, and others; but beyond this there is no other indication of his period.
In the Anthology of Planudes, there is also an epigram ascribed to an otherwise unknown Rufinus Domesticus. He is not considered to be the same person as the Rufinus who wrote the previously mentioned epigrams of Book V.

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