Lucius Accius (LEW-shee-uhs AK-shee-uhs) was born to manumitted parents and came to Rome at an unknown date. He stated that he presented a play when he was thirty years old; whether the play was his first is uncertain. Accius is reported to have refused to rise in recognition of the rank of Gaius Julius Caesar Strabo, also a writer of tragedy, because of his own superiority in the writing of tragedy. Accius is also said to have had a statue of himself placed in the temple of the Camenae and was ridiculed because the statue was so large in comparison to the rather short poet. Statesman and philosopher Cicero stated that he himself had talked to the old poet.