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THE GENERAL

BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY.

A NEW EDITION.

VOL. XXIII.

Printed by NICHOLS, Son, and BENTLBY, Red Lion Passage, Fleet Street, London,

BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY:

CONTAINING

AN HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL ACCOUNT

OF THE

LIVES AND WRITINGS

OF THE

MOST EMINENT PERSONS

IN EVERY NATION;

PARTICULARLY THE BRITISH AND IRISH;

FROM THE EARLIEST ACCOUNTS TO THE PRESENT TIME.

A NEW EDITION,

REVISED AND ENLARGED BY
ALEXANDER CHALMERS, F. S. A.

VOL. XXIII.

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BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY.

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NÆVIUS (CNeius), of Campania, an ancient Latin poet, was bred a soldier, but quitted the profession of arms, in order to apply himself with more leisure to poetry. Accordingly, he prosecuted that art with great diligence, and gave the first specimen of a heroic poem in Latin, in a description of the first Punic war, and the Iliad of Cyprus, mentioned by Cicero. He wrote also some tragedies, a few fragments of which are extant with Livius Androni. cus, and some comedies, the first of which appeared in the year 235 B. C., but this, it is said, when played at Rome, so bigbly incensed Metellus by the satirical strokes in it, that this nobleman, who was then very powerful, procured him to be banished from the city. In this condition, he retired to Utica in Africa, where be died in the year 203 B. C. We have only some fragments of his works; unless his epitaph, which is said to have been composed by himself, may be ranked among them. Of these fragments there is an edition by Henry Stephens, Paris, 1569, 8vo."

NÁIN DE TILLEMONT. See TILLEMONT. · NALSON (John), an bistorical writer, was born probably about 1638, and educated at Cambridge, of which he became LL. D. We have discovered very few particulars of his life. He appears to bave been zealous in the royal cause during the usurpation, and became rector of Dod. dington cum March, in the Isle of Ely. He was also in ? 1684 collated to a prebend in that cathedral, Wood and Bentham say that he died March 24, 1685-6, aged forty

i Voss, de Poet. Lat.-Fabric. Bibl. Lat.--Clark's Bibl. Dict. VOL. XXIII.

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