A first-rate actor; so called from the Roman Roscius, unrivalled for his grace of action, melody of voice, conception of character, and delivery. He was paid thirty pounds a day for acting; Pliny says four thousand a year, and Cicero says five thousand.
“What scene of death hath Roscius now to act?”
David Garrick (1716-1779).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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