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Caecilius of Calacte

Caecilius, of Calacte in Sicily, Greek rhetorician, flourished at Rome during the reign of Augustus.

Originally called Archagathus, he took the name of Caecilius from his patron, one of the Metelli. According to Suidas, he was by birth a Jew. Next to Dionysius of Halicarnassus, he was the most important critic and rhetorician of the Augustan age.

Only fragments are extant of his numerous and important works, among which may be mentioned: