Gaius Valgius Rufus, Latin poet, friend of Horace and Maecenas, was suffect consul of the Roman Empire in 12 BC.

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.[1]

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.[1]


  1. ^ a b   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Rufus, Gaius Valgius" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 23 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 821.
Political offices
Preceded by
Marcus Valerius Messalla Appianus,
and Publius Sulpicius Quirnius

as Ordinary consuls
Suffect consul of the Roman Empire
12 BC
Succeeded by
Gaius Caninius Rebilus,
and Lucius Volusius Saturninus

as Suffect consuls