Publilius Syrus Better to Learn Late
Publilius Syrus (fl. 85–43 BC), was a Latin writer, best known for his sententiae. He was a 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’.