Greek: Language, Poets, Orators
Gellius freely admits Greek words, phrases, and quotations to his text, but generally in relation to Latin. He has much to say about translation from Greek into Latin, and the limits to its possibility; he also sometimes employs unacknowledged calques of Greek words. A survey of his reading demonstrates the expected knowledge of Homer, and direct acquaintance with Aristophanes' Frogs, Menander's Plocion, Aeschines' In Timarchum, and Demosthenes' De corona; he is also the first author to quote any of the Anacreontea. Knowledge of other poems and speeches may be second-hand. The chapter compares Gellius's Greek reading and interests with those of Fronto, Marcus Aurelius, and Apuleius.
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