The fragments of Ennius and of Lucilius afford ample evidence by which we may judge what kind of men they were.
There is no doubt that the line is from Ennius; it is also quoted as his in Festus, p. 355.
Cf. 73 haud scio an melius Ennius, 'probably Ennius speaks better'; also 74 incertium an hoc ipso die, 'possibly to-day'.
And Ennius is quite right, if only he and I were agreed upon the meaning of "benefit."
Sometimes he indulges in tmesis which reminds us of Ennius: inque pediri, disque supata, ordia prima.
The epic poetry of the age was the work of Naevius and Ennius.
Varro says the principles of it are the same which Ennius made to be the principles of all nature; earth, water, air, and the sun.
He has more of the stamp of Lucilius than of his immediate successor Ennius.
Ennius, Eschylus, and Cato, all got their inspiration while drinking.
Ennius had, indeed, rather to create than to revive the taste for tragedy.