His only important precursors in serious poetry were Ennius and Lucilius, and, though he derived from the first of these an impulse to shape the Latin tongue into a fitting vehicle for the expression of elevated emotion and imaginative conception, he could find in neither a guide to follow in the task he set before himself.
Important as the precursors of Stoicism.
It has been customary for Protestant writers to represent the mystics of Germany and Holland as precursors of the Reformation.
The works of Eckhart and his precursors are contained in F.
Who these were we cannot say; but the probability is that they too came from the north, and were precursors of the later "Hellenes."