Accius, Principles for Playwrights, 3–6
“Perperos: uneducated, foolish, rude, uncultured, liars. In his Principles Accius uses “perperos to describe common people.
The same poet in that work writes:
Poets are beat up because of this instead of some fault of their own:
The excessive gullibility of your minds or your lack of sophistication.”
Nonius, 150, 11: ‘Perperos,’ indoctos, stultos, rudis, insulsos, mendaces. Accius Pragmaticis—
describere in theatro perperos popularis.
et eo plectuntur poetae quam suo vitio saepius
ductabilitate animi nimia vestra aut perperitudine.
Dubious Fragments Attributed to Ennius
“Many a menacing machine maximally menaces the munitions”
Machina multa minax minitatur maxima muris
“Theta, a letter unluckier than the rest”
O multum ante alias infelix littera theta!
“To restep a step…”