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Ennius

The Chaucer or father of Roman poets. (B.C. 239-169.)

The English Ennius.
Layamon, who wrote a translation in Saxon of Wace's Brute. The French Ennius. Guillaume di Lorris (1235-65), author of the Romance of the Rose, called the Iliad of France. Sometimes Jehan de Meung (1260-1320), who wrote the continuation of the same romance, is so called.

The Spanish Ennius.
Juan de Mena, born at Cordova. (1412-56.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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