The so-called exedra of Herodes Atticus (which answers in all respects to a nymphaeum in the Roman style), the nymphaeum in the palace of Domitian and those in the villa of Hadrian at Tibur (five in number) may be specially mentioned.
His teachers and friends included many distinguished men - Sulpicius Apollinaris, Herodes Atticus and Fronto.
Thus, when Atticus criticized a strange statement in de Republ.
The Exedra of Herodes Atticus stood at the north limit of the Altis, close to the north-east angle of the Heraeum, and immediately west of the westernmost treasure-house (that of Sicyon).
While the letters ad Familiares were circulated at once, those to Atticus appear to have been suppressed for a considerable time.
He was educated, not at school, but by tutors, Herodes Atticus and M.
TITUS POMPONIUS ATTICUS (109 -32 B.C.), Roman patron of letters, was born at Rome three years before Cicero, with whom he and the younger Marius were educated.
It is, therefore, probable that they were not published by Atticus himself, who died 32 B.C., though his hand may be seen in the suppression of all letters written by himself, but that they remained in the possession of his family and were not published until about A.D.
There is no extant MS. of the letters to Atticus older than the 14th century, apart from a few leaves from a 12th-century MS. discovered at or near Wurzburg in the last century.
It is due to them that the Romans of the day are living figures to us, and that Cicero, in spite of, or rather in virtue of his frailties, is intensely human and sympathetic. The letters to Atticus abound in the frankest selfrevelation, though even in the presence of his confessor his instinct as a pleader makes him try to justify himself.