The epic poem
(Tyrnaviae: Typis academicis 1706) was published in honour of the solemn graduation of the new bachelors of
that took place in 1706. Due to this fact we can say it belongs to a special group of occasional literary works usually published by the professors of the university in honour of the solemn graduations (
). Its author, Stephanus Csiba SJ celebrated in it foundation of Trnava as well as establishment of
. The traditional topic motifs we meet in the poem show deeper coherence with the traditional ways of composing an epic poem as well as they point out some of the classical models the author had followed. Even though showing a deep respect for the traditional techniques, the work of our poet can be in many ways regarded original.
Cassius Dio, a Roman senator with Greek origin, is well known for being a keen imitator of Thucydides. His imitative techniques were quite obvious already to Photius, although, Photius himself does not consider him too attached to his model and praises his style and diction, especially his rhetorical skills. In the first fragment of his Roman History Dio shows awareness that applying certain rhetorical devices to his text (and one may infer that he meant those characteristic of the Thucydidean diction) may provoke criticism, even a suspicion that the account he gives might not be true. It is indeed this feature of the Thucydidean style that had been criticised previously by Dionysius of Halicarnassus at the end of the first century BC, and therefore Dio seems to be defending his style against this kind of criticism.