This chapter reviews other persons who appear in Gellius's work. The first is Peregrinus Proteus, a Cynic philosopher who railed against Herodes and whom others regarded as a charlatan; Gellius offers no hint of either fact, but presents him as a preacher of sound morality. There are two anonymous poets (one of whom may be Apuleius) and two named: the learned Julius Paulus and the author of light verse Annianus. Gellius is shown a Vergilian manuscript, allegedly autograph, by the grammarian Fidus Optatus, and finds fault with another, Aelius Melissus; the bad-tempered Domitius Insanus rebukes Favorinus for asking him about a Latin word. In addition, Gellius indulges in some name-dropping of public persons so as to bask in reflected glory.
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