GAIUS LICINIUS MACER CALVUS (82-47 B.C.), Roman poet and orator, was the son of the annalist Licinius Macer.
These are twofold: that is to say, a personal name is followed by words indicating the subject-matter, as Marius de Fortuna, from which the contents may easily be guessed, and Sisenna de Historia, most likely a dialogue in which the old annalist of the name was the chief speaker, and discoursed of the principles on which history should be written.
No annalist after Whethamstede, whose story ceases early in the Wars of the Roses.
Lastly, the annalist is a partisan.
One annalist after another quietly adopted the established tradition, as it had been left by his predecessors, without any serious alterations of its main outlines.
The Roman annalist had not, like the Greek, to deal with the varying fortunes and separate doings of a number of petty communities, but with the continuous life of a single city.
His acceptance in any particular case of the version given by an annalist by no means implies that he has by careful inquiry satisfied himself of its truth.