Tibullus (Albius Tibullus) tĭbŭl´əs [key], c.55? BC–19 BC, Roman elegiac poet, b. Pedum, near Praeneste. Probably of the equestrian order, he was a friend of Messala, whom he accompanied on campaign. A master of the Latin love elegy, Tibullus wrote two books of verse (concerned, respectively, with Delia and Nemesis —names symbolic of his loves) that were published during his lifetime some doubtfully attributed posthumous pieces plus works by other poets constitute a third book.

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