Primus Romanorum: Origin Stories, Fictions of Primacy, and the First Punic War

@article{Biggs2017PrimusRO,
  title={Primus Romanorum: Origin Stories, Fictions of Primacy, and the First Punic War},
  author={Thomas Biggs},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  year={2017},
  volume={112},
  pages={350 - 367}
}
It was once a disease of the Greeks to investigate what number of rowers Ulysses had, whether the Iliad or the Odyssey was written first [prior] . . . but this pointless desire for learning useless things has also seized the Romans. In recent days I heard someone relating what each Roman general had done first [primus]; Duilius first [primus] conquered in a naval battle, Curius Dentatus first [primus] led elephants in his triumph. —Seneca Dialogi 10.13.1–3 
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