"Publilius Syrus", was a Latin writer of sententiae. He was a Syria (Roman province)/Syrian who was brought as a slave to Italy, but by his wit and talent he won the favour of his master, who freed and educated him. Publilius' name, due to early medieval palatalization of 'l' between two 'i's, is often presented by manuscripts (and some printed editions) in corrupt form as 'Publius'.
His mimes, in which he acted himself, had a great success in the provincial towns of Italy and at the games given by Julius Caesar/Caesar in 46 BC. Publilius was perhaps even more famous as an improviser, and received from Caesar himself the prize in a contest in which he vanquished all his competitors, including the celebrated Decimus Laberius.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous writers! More Publilius Syrus on Wikipedia.