Verrius Flaccus, Marcus

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Marcus Verrius Flaccus (mär´kəs vĕr´ēəs flăk´əs), fl. 20 BC, Roman grammarian. A freedman, he was appointed by Augustus to educate his grandsons and died at an advanced age during the reign of Tiberius. Of his numerous works, only one, his treatise De verborum significatu [on the meaning of words], survives, in an abridgment by Sextus Pompeius Festus. This work is a source of information about Latin grammar and Roman literature, customs, and myths.