He was known as a writer of elegies and epigrams, and his contemporaries believed him capable of great things in epic writing. The author of the panegyric on Messalla declares Rufus to be the only poet fitted to be the great man's Homer.
Rufus did not, however, confine himself to poetry. He discussed grammatical questions by correspondence, translated the rhetorical manual of his teacher Apollodorus of Pergamon, and began a treatise on medicinal plants, dedicated to Augustus. Horace addressed to him the ninth ode of the second book.
- Jonathan August Weichert, Poetarum Latinorum...Vitae et Carminum Reliquiae (1830)
- Robert Unger, De Valgii Rufi poematis (1848)
- Otto Ribbeck, Geschichte der romischen Dichtung (1889), ii.
- Martin Schanz, Geschichte der romischen Litteratur (1899), ii.
- Wilhelm Siegmund Teuffel, History of Roman Literature (Eng. trans., 1900), 241
Marcus Valerius Messalla Appianus,
and Publius Sulpicius Quirnius
as Ordinary consuls
| Suffect consul of the Roman Empire
Gaius Caninius Rebilus,
and Lucius Volusius Saturninus
as Suffect consuls